Two men were arrested in Worcester County, Maryland, in early February
after their companion admitted to smoking marijuana before a probation
meeting. The incident, which occurred on Jan. 30, led to the arrest of
a 21-year-old and a 24-year-old, both of whom were sitting in a vehicle
outside the Office of Parole and Probation. Their 25-year-old friend told
his probation officer that he had smoked in the vehicle before going to
his appointment. News reports do not indicate whether that man has been
charged with a probation violation in connection with the incident.
After the man told his probation officer that he had just smoked marijuana
in a car with his friends, deputies were dispatched to the parking lot
to find the vehicle. Those officers found the two defendants in a vehicle
that smelled strongly of marijuana. The older occupant is from Millsboro
and the younger back-seat passenger is from Georgetown. Authorities say
that they searched the vehicle, reportedly discovering a pipe and a bag
of marijuana. Both of the individuals in the vehicle were arrested and
charged with drug possession and possession of paraphernalia.
Authorities report that the 25-year-old man who met with his probation
officer has an outstanding warrant in Delaware. However, Delaware has
decided not to pursue extradition. That young man was released from custody
at the scene. News reports do not indicate whether his admission of drug
use will have an effect on his probation status.
This man was apparently honest with his parole officer, which may have
allowed him to avoid additional penalties in the matter. It is still not
clear whether termination of probation is pending. The terms of probation
in this instance have not been disclosed through news reports. Maryland
attorneys may be able to help those on probation learn more about the
terms of their own probation agreements.