James Jamal Jones

Prince Frederick, MD – A St. Mary’s County man arrested last November after a deputy saw him passed out behind the wheel of a motor vehicle has been indicted on drug and traffic charges in Calvert County. The four-count indictment was handed down Jan. 23 by a Calvert County grand jury, charging James Jamal Jones, 31 of Lexington Park with controlled dangerous substance (CDS) possession with intent to distribute a narcotic, CDS possession not marijuana, CDS possession paraphernalia and driving or attempting to drive while impaired by CDS. The possession with intent to distribute charge is a felony.

According to a report from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, on Nov. 21, Deputy Timothy Rzepkowski “was stopped at the intersection of Southern Maryland Boulevard and Town Center Boulevard in Dunkirk when he noticed the driver in the vehicle next to him passed out behind the wheel. While approaching the vehicle, Rzepkowski observed a plastic bag with 30 clear capsules which contained suspected heroin.”

Jones was removed from the vehicle and detained. A search yielded a white plastic straw containing suspected heroin, a cigarette pack with 35 clear capsules with suspected heroin and over $300 cash, police reported.

According to a court docket summary, Jones’ initial Circuit Court appearance regarding the case is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 4. Assistant State’s Attorney Montra Martin is prosecuting the case. Luke Woods of the Office of the Public Defender is representing Jones. Five days after his arrest Jones was released on $500 bond.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com