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Hampstead pair charged with intent to distribute crack cocaine

Rachel Kotmair and Kody Gouge, of Hampstead, were charged with intent to distribute and other charges following a traffic stop Tuesday.

Kotmair, 23, and Gouge, 26, were each charged with one count of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia and two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance—not marijuana. Kotmair was released on her own recognizance following a Wednesday bail review. Gouge continued to be held without bail following a bail review the same day, according to electronic court records.

According to the statement of probable cause, a trooper of the Maryland State Police performed a traffic stop on a truck in the area of Md. 140 near the Baltimore County line after observing that a passenger was not correctly wearing a seat belt and that the vehicle had ridden over the side white line into the shoulder for about one-half mile.

As the driver, later identified as Gouge, was retrieving documentation, a plastic baggie containing traces of suspected crack cocaine fell out of the sun visor, according to the statement.

Following a probable cause search, police found a crack pipe, a small amount of marijuana and a spoon with suspected heroin residue, according to the statement.

Kotmair, a passenger, was found to have a box with cylinders containing suspected crack cocaine and two capsules of suspected heroin on her person. A second passenger was not found to possess contraband and had not been charged as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.

No attorney was listed for Gouge in court records. An individual who answered the phone number listed for Kotmair said they had not heard from her.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 12 for both Kotmair and Gouge.

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