A Baltimore man and a Manchester woman are charged with felony narcotics distribution and are being held without bond after they were arrested Tuesday afternoon in Westminster.
Linell Larry Wilbert Johnson, 34, of the 2300 block of Calverton Heights in Baltimore, is charged with one count of felony possession of a narcotic with intent to distribute, one count of resisting arrest and two counts of second-degree assault, along with related charges, according to online court records.
Robyn Lavonne Bennett, 47, of the 3400 block of Miller Station Road in Manchester, is charged with one count each of felony possession of a narcotic with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled dangerous substance other than marijuana, according to online court records.
At about 2:31 p.m. Tuesday, a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy noticed a Nissan Altima swerving in its lane while traveling west on Md. 140 near Center Street, according to charging documents, and the deputy followed the vehicle until it ran a flashing red arrow to turn west onto Md. 31.
The deputy pulled the vehicle over and asked the driver, later identified as Bennett, for her driver’s license, but she could not provide it, according to charging documents. She allegedly appeared anxious, “her hands shaking uncontrollably.”
Bennett allegedly told police that she was driving a man home, later identified as Johnson, and Johnson, police say in the charging documents, did not make eye contact but stared straight ahead while Bennett spoke with the deputy.
The deputy then requested assistance from a nearby K-9 unit to scan the car and checked Bennett’s registration with the Motor Vehicle Administration, which indicated that she had an identification card but not a driver’s license, according to charging documents.
A police dog allegedly alerted to the presence of drugs in the car, according to charging documents, and as police went to search the vehicle, Johnson allegedly told them there was a “marijuana blunt,” according to charging documents, and police quickly located a brown cigar filled with “vegetable matter.”
In searching the car, according to the charging documents, police found a plastic bag containing empty pill capsules in a bag on the back seat, along with a metal spoon and a large number of plastic bags on the vehicle’s floor board, items that police noted are often used for dealing drugs.
Police then asked Johnson to stand with his hands on top of his head, intending to search him because of the marijuana blunt, but found that he was clenching his buttocks and, pulling his jeans back, found a bag containing a “white substance,” according to charging documents.
Police attempted to place Johnson in handcuffs and a struggle ensued, with two officers struggling to get Johnson on the ground and eventually Tasing him in his right buttock before placing him in cuffs, according to charging documents.
During the struggle with Johnson, police noticed him trying to swallow something, which turned out to be a bag containing capsules of a white powder that police believed to be cocaine, according to charging documents.
Both Johnson and Bennett were then placed under arrest and consented to speak with police without an attorney, according to charging documents.
Johnson allegedly told police that he had sold drugs in the past and had given Bennett money to buy drugs in Baltimore City, according to the charging documents.
Bennett allegedly told police that she had just been giving Johnson a ride, that the drugs were his and not hers, but that she knew Johnson sold drugs and she had been told by an unnamed third party to drive him around to collect money from people who owed him, according to charging documents.
While en route to the Carroll County Detention Center, police noticed Bennett moving in the back seat of the patrol car in a way that led them to believe she was trying to hide something, according to charging documents, and police found a small bag containing a substance that police believed to be crack cocaine.
Johnson was held without bond, whereas Bennett was initially given a bail of $10,000, but after a Wednesday morning bail review hearing he was held without bond.