An convicted drug dealer from Aberdeen was charged Thursday with illegally possessing five guns, marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia after he tried to flee police near his house, according to charging documents.
A Maryland State Police trooper tried to pull over David Paul Thomas II, 35, at about 3:20 p.m. for allegedly speeding on his motorcycle in the area of Routes 543 and Route 136 in Creswell, according to the statement of charges.
According to the trooper's report, Thomas was wearing a helmet without face protection and slowed down to look directly at the trooper before he swerved around him and took off, racing down Creswell Road.
A resident told the trooper the motorcyclist had turned into a home in the 3000 block of Creswell Road, where Thomas lives, according to the statement.
The trooper found the motorcyclist "on the rear deck of the house ripping marijuana plants from a stone planter," according to the statement.
After the trooper ordered him to get on the ground, Thomas allegedly "pulled and threw more marijuana plants out of the stone planter[,] then fled into the house and closed the door behind him," according to the statement.
The trooper ordered everyone in the home to leave through the side door, and three males left, including Thomas, according to the statement.
After clearing the home and securing it for a warrant, "due to locating an active marijuana grow," the trooper arrested Thomas on various traffic charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana, according to the statement.
Another trooper then noticed several firearms, described as hunting rifles, in plain view and noted an overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from the house, according to the statement.
The Maryland State Police Gun Center determined Thomas was prohibited from owning or carrying firearms because he had been found guilty of manufacturing or distributing drugs in 2001 and possessing drugs with intent to distribute in 2007, according to the statement.
Troopers then seized four guns from a bedroom, including a 12-gauge shotgun, a 30/30-caliber rifle, two .22-caliber rifles and a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun, along with numerous rounds of ammunition and shotgun shells.
A glass smoking device and wrapper containing suspected marijuana were also found in the toilet, according to the statement. One bag of suspected marijuana was also found.
Thomas is facing 23 charges and was ordered held on $75,000 bond on Friday. He posted bond and was released the same day, according to online court records.