A Mount Airy teen was denied bail after being charged as an adult with drug and firearms offenses earlier this week, according to court records and charging documents.
Frederick County narcotics detectives, assisted by the sheriff’s office’s tactical team, served a search warrant on a house in the 12500 block of Lee Hill Drive in Mount Airy at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday and secured five occupants of the house, according to charging documents. Despite their efforts, the subject of the warrant, 17-year-old Carter Anthony Longcor, escaped out of a rear basement window and fled, leaving detectives to continue searching the house as part of an ongoing investigation into drug distribution while other units searched for Longcor, the documents state.
A search of the house turned up 78.2 grams of psychedelic mushrooms, an open bottle of prescription painkiller pills and two bags of marijuana that were found in a toilet in the basement, likely due to an attempt to get rid of the drug, according to the documents. While the marijuana was wet from being in the toilet, a total weight of about 102 grams was recorded.
Along with the amounts of narcotics seized, a device used to heat-seal bags, a digital scale and other paraphernalia led the deputies to further conclude that the drugs were being packaged for distribution, the documents state.
Along with the drugs, detectives found a .22-caliber Marlin rifle, a .22-caliber Marlin Model 70P rifle with a cut-off stock and a scratched-off serial number, and a 9 mm Glock 19 handgun. Magazines, boxes and caches of .22-caliber and 9 mm ammunition and several collections of gun parts were also taken from the house, according to the documents.
About two hours after the initial search warrant was served, Longcor was taken into custody at another residence about 5 miles away and, under questioning from detectives, admitted that all of the drugs, guns and other items seized belonged to him, the documents state.
Longcor was charged with three counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, three counts of drug possession and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to online court records.
Longcor also faces 11 firearms offenses, including possession of a firearm by a minor, knowingly altering a firearm’s ID number and use of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, online court records indicate.
At a bail review hearing Thursday in Frederick County District Court, Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Pearl suggested that more charges would likely be filed against Longcor when he is indicted based on his alleged admissions to deputies and prosecutors that he was involved in an exchange of gunfire in the Villages of Urbana on Feb. 12, 2019.
“We do believe he represents a danger to the community,” Pearl said, concluding her arguments. Judge Eric Schaffer ordered that Longcor be held without bail.
Although a woman who identified herself in court as Longcor’s mother indicated she plans to hire a private defense attorney to represent her son, Assistant Public Defender Laura Garcia represented Longcor at Thursday’s hearing, asking Schaffer to consider imposing some kind of bail, or at least allowing the 17-year-old to be held in a juvenile detention center pending future court dates.
Schaffer denied bail in Longcor’s case but, hearing no objection from prosecutors, he did agree to order the teen’s transfer to a juvenile detention center. Schaffer also signed an order allowing a study to determine whether Longcor’s case can be heard in juvenile court in accordance with Garcia’s request.