Parkton man arrested in relation to drug, weapon charges

A Parkton man was arrested on drug and weapon charges Oct. 17.

Garrett Stephen Schwartz, 20, was charged with having a concealed dangerous weapon, possession of marijuana of more than 10 grams and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. He was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and was released on $3,000 unsecured personal bond, according to electronic court records.


Around 11 p.m. on Oct. 16, an officer stopped Schwartz after the vehicle he was driving straddled various lanes before making a U-turn on Md. 140 by Market Street, according to the statement of probable cause.

“He appeared very nervous,” stated the report. “He was visibly shaking, his neck was pulsating, and he fumbled with numerous papers from his glove box.”

The officer also noted in his report there was a strong odor of marijuana.

After two other deputies arrived on the scene, Schwartz advised he had marijuana in his pocket, according to the statement. He was also observed to have a concealed knife in a sheath under his pocket and shirt.

Also in the car was a book bag in the back seat that contained a large gallon-sized Ziploc bag with 10 clear plastic bags of suspected marijuana and two cellular phones, according to the report.

“The manner of packaging is indicative of an intent to distribute the marijuana for profit,” the reported stated.

According to the report, Schwartz admitted to buying the marijuana seized from the vehicle for about $1,100. He also indicated he received money from his friends to pay for the marijuana, which he then gave them to smoke.

Schwartz was unavailable for comment. Court information was not available as of 4:30 p.m. Monday.