Nearly 100 Grams Of Marijuana, Drug Distribution Paraphernalia, And Loaded “Ghost Gun” Recovered
Elijah Bernard Barnes

WALDORF, Md. – On September 3, at approximately 11:20 p.m., officers responded to a call for a suspicious vehicle in the 6400 block of Ocelot Street.

Upon approaching the car, officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Further investigation revealed nearly 100 grams of marijuana inside the car as well as a loaded polymer “ghost gun” – meaning the gun did not have a serial number.

The driver, Elijah Bernard Barnes, 18, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute drugs, illegal possession of a firearm due to age, carrying a loaded firearm in a car, illegal transportation of a loaded firearm, and other related charges.

On September 6, a judge ordered Barnes could be released from the Charles County Detention Center as long as he meets the requirements for electronic monitoring.

Officer Baxley is investigation.

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  1. ROR of course, why would anyone want to keep armed drug dealers in jail. Once again, the legal system FAILS to protect the citizens of Charles County!

  2. Gun control laws are really working well. Criminals ignoring the law, imagine that. One would guess the anti-gun people would have never thought that, not that they actually think or care.

    1. I knew they wouldn’t care… I just don’t want YOU to have a gun too when this guy pulls his out. Most cases they just wanna feel like the man and won’t kill you if you don’t threaten them back. Give them your wallet, let them go. Turn the other cheek as you might say. I’ll take my chances of getting shot by this guy vs getting caught up in the crossfire between you and him.

  3. Based on your silly comments, the narcotics laws aren’t working either. So lets get rid of them.

      1. Narcotics are not even involved with this case. What are you talking about? Are you using the word narcotics as a general word for drugs? Dictionary time girlfrand

      1. A responsible gunsmith puts a serial number on the guns they make.

        An irresponsible one helps criminals get away with crimes by not doing so.

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