A 19-year-old Edgewood man was charged with illegally possessing an assault rifle during an Aberdeen police drug raid at the Economy Inn Motel in Aberdeen on Aug. 21, according to charging documents.
He was charged along with five other people after two syringes and suspected heroin were found in the room, and a 9-millimeter assault rifle was found in a closet with an empty magazine, according to the statement of charges.
All the suspects were Edgewood residents and all but one were 19 or 20 years old.
Sean R. Steck, of the 600 block of Lake Drive, was charged with possessing a firearm as a minor, as well as possessing drug paraphernalia and a drug other than marijuana.
Maryland forbids anyone under 21 from possessing an assault rifle, Aberdeen police spokesman Lt. Fred Budnick said.
When police arrived at the motel at 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 21 with a warrant, they did a sweep of the room and found a man who appeared to be on drugs and told police he was taking "spice," according to the statement of charges.
A further search of the room found the following suspects, besides Steck: Rebecca Christ, of the 600 block of Holly Avenue; Samantha Blair Borst, of the 600 block of Lake Avenue; Ryan Shomper, of the 600 block of Holly Avenue; Woodrow Steck II, of the 600 block of Lake Avenue, and Michael Paul Camacho, of the 2000 block of Watergate Court.
None of them claimed ownership of the syringe with suspected heroin, according to the statement of charges.