PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – On March 23, Deputy Gott conducted a traffic stop in the area of S. Solomons Island Road in front of Sears.

While making contact with the driver later identified as Thomas Clarke Jr., 59, of Port Republic, Deputy Gott immediately noticed narcotics in plain view on the passenger seat of the vehicle. Clarke was asked to step out of the vehicle for a search to be conducted. The search revealed narcotics and paraphernalia.

Clarke was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (crack cocaine) and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.