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Man Brings Loaded Gun And Weed To Driver's License Test, Maryland Cops Say

Reginald Wooding Jr. of Glen Burnie was cuffed after an examiner had smelled marijauna in his car — leading to the discovery of one pound of the drug, $15,000 in cash and a loaded handgun.

By Eric Shorey

A Maryland man who brought a large amount of marijuana and a firearm to his driver's test was arrested before he could take his exam.

Reginald Wooding Jr., 22, was about to take a test in order to obtain his driver's license at the Motor Vehicle Administration in Glen Burnie, Maryland, but was stopped by an examiner who thought they smelled marijuana in his vehicle on August 6, according to WBALTV in Baltimore. The examiner told a trooper at the site, who investigated the car.

Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said Wooding at first handed over a small bag of marijuana, which prompted even further investigation, turning up much more.

The trooper recovered almost a pound of marijuana, more than $15,000 in cash and a loaded handgun in the glove box with a 30-round magazine, Shipley said.

Police suspect the money to be related to drugs, according to USA Today.

Wooding was immediately arrested on charges that include engaging in a drug-trafficking crime while transporting a firearm, possessing a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

He was not able to take the exam.

Shipley expressed his appreciation for the alertness of the examiner.

"An alert state employee who did the right thing," Shipley said.

Wooding was released on a $7,500 unsecured bond, and is due back in court on September 5.

Wooding's rap sheet includes arrests for burglary, assault and other drug-related charges, according to WBALTV.

In Maryland,carrying 10 grams to 50 pounds is a misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail, but “intent to distribute” is a felony with a maximum sentence of five years, according to Norml.org, an advocacy group dealing with reforming marijuana laws in the United States.

[Photo:Maryland State Police]

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