FREDERICK – On February 21, 2019, a Frederick County Jury returned a guilty verdict against Justin Mitchell of Hagerstown, Maryland on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Alprazolam, Possession of Alprazolam, Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Metandienone. The jury was unable to agree on a verdict for the charge of Firearm Drug Trafficking Crime and a mistrial was declared on that charge.
On June 20, 2017, the defendant’s landlords smelled a strong odor of marijuana and entered the defendant’s room. They saw large bags of marijuana and called 911. Deputies responded to the residence, smelled the odor of marijuana, and a search warrant was obtained and executed. A total of 793.9 grams of marijuana, 990 bars of Xanax, a bag containing anabolic steroids, a Mossburg shotgun, a Glock 19 handgun, a digital scale, baggies, and a vacuum sealer were seized from the defendant’s bedroom. The defendant was not present in the residence and a lookout was placed for his vehicle. The defendant had $2,243.00 in cash on his person when he was taken into custody.
The Honorable G. Edward Dwyer, Jr. deferred sentencing until April 10, 2019, so that a pre-sentence investigation could be completed and continued to hold the defendant without bond.
The State was represented by Deputy State’s Attorney Nanci Hamm.
J. Charles Smith, III
State’s Attorney for Frederick County, Maryland