Annapolis, MD – On September 3, 2018 at approximately 2338 hours, Trooper First Class Holson conducted a traffic stop on a black Toyota Venza on westbound U.S.

Route 50 near Interstate 97 for exceeding the posted speed limit. Upon contact with the driver, identified as Al Tariq Ishmael Ellis of Parkville, Maryland, Trooper First Class Holson immediately detected the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.

A probable cause search revealed more than 100 grams of suspected marijuana contained in various plastic baggies and inside a single brown cigarette. A digital scale was also located during the search.

Ellis was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana greater than 10 grams, possession of paraphernalia and issued a traffic citation. Ellis was transported to the Anne Arundel District Court Commissioner’s Office where he was released on his own recognizance.