Suspected illegal tint on the windows of a Hagerstown man’s Chevrolet Tahoe eventually led Frederick County sheriff’s deputies to seize 46.6 pounds of cocaine and 3 pounds of fentanyl from the vehicle, according to court documents.
Deputy 1st Class William Rempe was conducting traffic enforcement in an unmarked patrol car on northbound U.S. 15 near Md. 28 at 9:53 a.m. Tuesday when he spotted the 2017 Tahoe crossing the Point of Rocks bridge from Virginia into Maryland, the documents state. The tint on the SUV’s windows was excessively dark, prompting Rempe to tail the vehicle and eventually pull it over to the shoulder of northbound U.S. 15.
Shortly after approaching the driver and sole occupant of the SUV, later identified as Lamonte Montae Young Sr., the deputy became suspicious that there might be something more to the stop.
Young appeared to be extremely nervous, breathing heavily while his hands were trembling, according to the documents. In addition to these signs, Rempe thought he smelled marijuana coming from somewhere in the SUV.
Rempe was just about to call for a police dog when Officer 1st Class Wade Milyard, a city of Frederick police officer who was driving by with his K-9 partner, stopped at the scene to see if Rempe needed backup. Milyard’s dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the Tahoe and a search was ordered, the documents state.
In the trunk area of the SUV, deputies found two large cardboard boxes, each filled with vacuum-sealed plastic bags containing cocaine as well as some fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that is often cut with heroin to increase the drug’s potency, according to the documents.
In total, deputies seized 21,140 grams — 46.6 pounds — of cocaine as well as 1,454 grams — 3.2 pounds — of fentanyl, amounts which Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said may well be a record bust for the sheriff’s office.
“He made quite a stop. I’m sure it is a record, because that’s a huge amount,” Jenkins said, praising Rempe’s work and instincts on the stop. “I’ve got a lot of good young deputies, and he’s definitely one of them.”
Young, 41, was charged with two counts each of drug possession, possession with intent to distribute, possession of a large amount of narcotics and importing narcotics into the state, according to online court records.
Young remained in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center as of Thursday after a District Court judge denied him bail at a hearing Wednesday afternoon, the records state.