Maryland State Police seized heroin and crack cocaine as well as a loaded handgun after pulling over a car with an inoperable taillight near Frederick early Sunday.
A trooper noticed the taillight while on patrol on westbound Interstate 70 near the exit for Md. 144 at 1:51 a.m. and pulled over a Chevrolet SUV with Pennsylvania license plates a short time later. The trooper smelled marijuana when he approached the driver, later identified as 21-year-old Donnell Corey Baker Jr., and a cursory search of Baker’s person turned up a bottle with 60 prescription pills inside. A search of Baker’s passenger, 26-year-old Kia Maia Coleman, turned up two packets of heroin and a loaded .380-caliber handgun in her bra, the documents state.
A full search of the car and both occupants yielded oxycodone pills, three bags of heroin, nine containers of crack cocaine, additional ammunition for the handgun in Coleman’s purse, more than 60 bags with suspected drug residue in them, and drug paraphernalia, according to the documents.
Baker was charged with seven firearms offenses, and Coleman was charged with four firearms offenses. Both Baker and Coleman faced drug charges, including both possession and possession with intent to distribute various narcotics.
In addition, Baker was charged with having originally provided state troopers with a fraudulent name, which he later admitted to doing in order to avoid being served an outstanding warrant out of Harford County stemming from an armed robbery case there.
Frederick County District Judge Dino Flores Jr. described the charges as “incredibly serious, and dangerous” in a bail review hearing for Baker in district court Monday afternoon, citing Baker’s criminal record as evidence that Baker likely made a living as a drug dealer.
“The charges practically scream that,” Flores said.
Flores denied bail to both Baker and Coleman, ordering that the two remain in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center pending further court hearings.