Pennsylvania drivers are wise not to carry anything in their cars that they do not want authorities to see in the event of a pull-over. A recent routine traffic stop led to an arrest of a 36-year-old man from Littlestown, Pennsylvania last weekend on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Early Sunday morning, a law enforcement officer with the Maryland State Police observed a driver allegedly stopping well after the stop line at intersections and failing to maintain lanes. Pulling the driver over, the officer administered a field sobriety test, which the driver allegedly failed. The driver’s blood alcohol level was 0.084 according to a preliminary breath test also performed at the scene.

The officer noted an alleged “crack pipe,” that is, a broken glass tube with metal wire padding, on the interior of the driver door when he got into the vehicle to move it off the roadway. The discovery prompted a detailed search of the vehicle, which turned up a hand-rolled cigarette of suspected marijuana, six glass capsules of suspected cocaine and 17 gelatin capsules of suspected heroin. 

The driver faces charges including possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute. He will appear in court in December and is currently free following release on a $3000 unsecured personal bond.

The penalties for drug charges can be severe, and conviction on such charges may have repercussions that are lifelong. Therefore, it may be helpful for those arrested on drug charges to speak with an attorney regarding their case.