Mechanicsville, MD—On April 9, Maryland State Police Trooper Jason Mulhearn was on patrol in his vehicle at the crossover on Three Notch Road and Old Village Road in Mechanicsville when he observed a black Honda Accord traveling southbound with the passenger side headlamp inoperative.

Mulhearn stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of Big Dogs located on Three Notch Road. Contact was made with the driver, who was identified as Justin R. Libby, 21 of Mechanicsville.

Mulhearn detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Mulhearn asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle. Libby first stated there was no marijuana in the car. Mulhearn said he was going to conduct a probable cause search of the vehicle and the two occupants. Libby then advised, “He (Libby) did have a little marijuana in his pocket of his jacket,” according to charging documents.

Mulhearn conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle revealing an orange capsule pill located in the small concealable compartment located next to the steering wheel of the vehicle. According to charging documents, “Poison Control was contacted, and it was confirmed that the orange capsules were Dextroamphetamine.”

Libby stated that the orange pills located in the vehicle were not prescribed to him and that he forgot they were in the vehicle.   

Libby was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged with CDS possession, not marijuana.

Libby at this time does not have a scheduled court date. He faces a maximum jail sentence of four years and or a maximum fine of $25,000.

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