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Mount Airy man charged in relation to distribution, firearm violation

Mount Airy man charged in relation to distribution, firearm violation
Ronald Walter Grochowski Jr.o (Contributed)

A Mount Airy man was arrested Dec. 8 in relation to a November incident, which allegedly involved a gun and drugs.

Ronald Walter Grochowski Jr., 42, of 5316 Fleming Road, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possessing a rifle or shotgun when disqualified from doing so, possession of a controlled dangerous substance that is not marijuana, violation of a protective order, possession of paraphernalia and common nuisance/distribution of a controlled dangerous substance from an incident that occurred on Nov. 29. He was arrested and then released Dec. 8 on $10,000 bail, according to electronic court records.

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According to the statement of charges, Grochowski was arrested after members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team and Maryland State Police responded to a Mount Airy trailer around 7 a.m. Nov. 29, while searching for Donald Barry Foote, a wanted fugitive with an open felony warrant.

When Grochowski opened the door, the law enforcement officers saw multiple controlled dangerous substances and drug paraphernalia in plain view, according to the report, so they contacted the Carroll County Drug Task Force, and received a search and seizure warrant from the Carroll County Circuit Court at 10 a.m.

According to the statement of charges, the Drug Task Force found suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a clear baggie with 4.2 grams of a crystal-like rock substance, a pink baggie with a “whitish colored powder,” and a Savage .308 caliber lever action rifle leaning against a wall with no lock or safety.

Also found was a digital scale and unused baggies law enforcement suspected were “for packaging small amounts of controlled dangerous substances for street level individual sales,” the report states. The substances were packaged per MSP policy according to the statement, and sent out for testing to protect the officers from potentially fatal exposure to fentanyl in case it was present.

No phone number was listed in court records to contact Grochowski for comment. Court scheduling information wasn't available as of 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

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