A man and two women were arrested Thursday after sheriff’s deputies said they threw drugs out the window of their car when they were being pulled over for a traffic stop, according to court charging documents.
The traffic stop began at about 4:30 p.m. when a deputy driving west on Interstate 70 in Frederick saw a black 2003 Toyota Camry apparently swerve into a far lane when the driver noticed the deputy’s cruiser, according to the documents. Because the maneuver nearly caused another car to hit the Camry, the deputy followed the Camry and eventually turned his overhead lights on to pull the car over as they passed East South Street. Almost immediately the front-seat passenger of the car began frantically rummaging through the back seat, then turned and threw a small white object out of the car’s window, the documents state.
The Camry then kept going, without slowing down, for an additional half a mile before finally coming to a stop.
The driver was later identified as 51-year-old Starla Maria McCauley, while the front seat and rear passengers were identified as 30-year-old Natasha Lovise McCammon and 28-year-old D’Andre Anthony Carroll, respectively. None of the occupants of the car had any identification when the deputy asked them for it.
In addition to the object that was thrown out of the window before the stop, the deputy saw several indicators that there may be drugs inside the car and suspected that there may also be weapons after he noticed a pocket knife clipped to Carroll’s pants pocket, the documents state. While McCammon complied with the deputy’s demands to exit the car, Carroll repeatedly ignored loud verbal commands and eventually had to be pulled out, according to the documents.
A search of the car turned up part of a plastic straw with what appeared to be drug residue in it, as well as a .22-caliber revolver that was found under the seat directly in front of where Carroll had been sitting, the documents state. Deputies also recovered a bag holding crack cocaine in one of Carroll’s pockets.
Carroll, of the 1000 block of Knoland Drive in Hagerstown, was charged with two counts of drug possession, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and eight firearms offenses, including possession of a handgun by a previously convicted felon and possession of a handgun in a drug trafficking crime, court records indicate. He remained held without bail in the Frederick County Detention Center after a bail review hearing Friday afternoon.
McCammon, of the first block of West Baltimore Street in Hagerstown, was charged with two counts of drug possession and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, littering, obstructing and hindering an investigation and altering evidence at a crime scene. She was released Thursday after signing a written promise to appear in court.
McCauley, also of the first block of West Baltimore Street in Hagerstown, was charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as nine traffic offenses, including unsafe lane changing, driving without a license and unauthorized display and use of a registered license plate. She was also released Thursday after signing a written promise to appear in court, court records show.