According to the Elderburg Patch, Maryland State Troopers arrested two convicted felons this week for possession of drugs and guns after they were stopped for speeding on Route 97 in Westminster. Just before midnight, state troopers stopped the felons’ Toyota SUV for exceeding the speed limit and the senior trooper conducted a search with his K9 dog due to suspicions that the suspects were in possession of illegal drugs. The dog alerted the troopers to the presence of drugs, and following a search of the vehicle, they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana.
Reports indicate that the state troopers found two loaded Springfield semi automatic guns with the serial numbers scratched off. A search of the vehicle also turned up ski masks, stockings, and black jackets, leading them to believe the two men were involved in other criminal activity. According to police, both men are currently being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.
A Maryland felony firearm charge can enhance the penalties in a felony case. It is considered a felony firearm crime for a convicted felon to possess a firearm at any time, and obliterating the serial numbers on a firearm is considered a felony firearm crime in many states as well. Maryland state law prohibits convicted felons from owning or possessing a weapon or ammunition. Statistics also show that the federal government is cracking down on felony firearms cases with increasing strength, as 94% of federal firearms prosecutions from 2000 to 2003 involved the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and the use or possession of a firearm during a felony act.
If you are a convicted felon facing a firearm charge, you could be subject to harsh penalties as it is a very serious offense under MD state law. The firearms charges lawyers in Bethesda with the law firm of Alpert Schreyer can help protect your rights in court and build an aggressive defense on your behalf to get you the best possible results. Please call (866) 444-6363 for a free consultation.