Deandra Sherman Bush

Prince Frederick, MD  – A Charles County man who confessed during a traffic stop this past April that he was smoking and selling marijuana was indicted July 17 by a Calvert County grand jury. Online documents show that the defendant, Deandra Sherman Bush, 20 of Waldorf, faces nine counts, four of them felonies. The felony counts are controlled dangerous substance (CDS) possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm on relation to a drug trafficking crime, CDS distribution with a firearm and firearm possession with a felony conviction.

According to documents on file in District Court, around midnight Sunday, April 30, Tfc. T. Davis of the Maryland State Police (MSP) stopped a white Buick La Sabre passenger vehicle in the area of northbound Route 2/4 and Governor Run Road in Port Republic. “The vehicle had an inoperative driver’s side headlight and a right rear taillight,” Davis stated, adding he then stopped the vehicle, which was driven by Bush. The trooper detected the smell of burnt marijuana inside the car. “Bush appeared to be really nervous, hands shaking and choking when he was talking,” Davis stated.

A probable cause search was conducted, yielding a book bag containing 34.8 grams of suspected marijuana, which was packaged; a digital scale and a Glock 19, 9 millimeter handgun, which was loaded. A subsequent search of Deandra Bush yielded over $1,000 in cash. All of the items, along with Bush’s cell phone, were confiscated.

“Bush was verbally read his Advice of Miranda Rights,” Davis stated. “Bush stated he understood his rights, waived his rights and provided a statement. Bush stated he sells a little marijuana to make money but smokes more than he sells.”

Bush only has a learner’s permit and since he was the only occupant of the vehicle was charged with driving without required supervision.

Court records show that in 2015, Bush pleaded guilty in Charles County Circuit Court to second-degree assault in connection with an incident that occurred at Thomas Stone High School in which a student was beaten. Records indicate he served 114 days for the charge and placed on unsupervised probation. 

Bush’s initial appearance before a Circuit Court judge in Calvert took place Monday, July 31. Later that day police apprehended Bush and charged him with numerous traffic violations, including attempting to elude police by failing to stop, driving on a suspended permit, reckless driving and aggressive driving. Bush has a hearing in District Court Sept. 1 regarding those traffic charges.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com