A Baltimore man was arrested and charged with possession of a loaded handgun and possession of an illegal substance after police conducted a traffic stop in Westminster for a vehicle with expired tags.
Salim-Hassan Muhammed Williams, 22, of the 3500 block of White Chapel Road, is facing charges of possessing a loaded handgun in a vehicle, carrying a loaded handgun, and possessing a controlled dangerous substance (not marijuana). Electronic court records state Williams was released on $2,000 bond.
A Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a Nissan, made contact with its driver, identified as Williams, and detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, according to charging documents.
Williams advised that he had a gun in the vehicle and said he had a Maryland handgun qualification license, but not a concealed carry permit, according to charging documents.
Police searched the vehicle and found a black duffel bag in the center of the rear seat containing a black SAR-9 9-millimeter handgun with an empty chamber and 13 hollow-point round bullets loaded in the magazine, which was inserted onto the firearm, charging documents state. Police also discovered .2 grams of a clear crystal-like substance identified to be crystal meth in the duffel bag.
Williams has a trial scheduled for March 10 in Carroll County District Court, according to electronic records.