Jamall Edward Steele, of Randallstown, was charged with intent to distribute narcotics after nearly 150 suspected MDMA capsules were located in his vehicle during a traffic stop, police say.
Steele, 27, was charged with six counts including possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and keeping common nuisance. He also received traffic citations. He was released on his own recognizance the same day, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of probable cause, a Maryland State Police trooper was paroling for speeding vehicles on Md. 140. The trooper made a traffic stop on a car traveling 69 in an area with a speed limit of 50.
When the trooper made contact with the driver, identified as Steele, there was an odor of marijuana in the car and alcohol in the man’s breath. The trooper found that his license was suspended, according to the statement.
Steele told the trooper he had smoked marijuana and drank earlier in the day, about two hours before driving. He said he was in possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. The trooper searched the car based on the smell of marijuana.
The search found 144 pills of suspected MDMA separated by color into baggies, a digital scale and about 14.5 grams of marijuana. An open container of tequila was in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
The term MDMA can refer to drugs more commonly known as ecstasy or Molly.
The man’s blood alcohol content registered at 0.09% after a breath test. The legal limit is 0.08%.
No attorney was listed for Steele. He had not returned a phone message for comment as of 5:30 p.m. Monday.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 31.