On June 22, 2012, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Ocean City Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop the officers identified the driver and owner of the vehicle as Jason Maldonado, 26, of Lancaster, PA. Officers also identified two passengers as Matthew Quinones-Torres, 22, of Lititz, PA and Davontaye Harrison, 19, of Colombia, PA.
While verifying the three individuals’ identification, officers received a hit for a potential warrant for Matthew Ray Quinones-Torres. The warrant was from Lancaster Sherriff`s Department for violation of parole for a prior drug distribution charge. Police confirmed that Quinones-Torres was wanted and he was subsequently arrested.
After he was arrested, Police searched Quinones-Torres during which police recovered a quantity of suspected marijuana, which was wrapped in several dollar bills. Police seized the marijuana and a total of $296 in U.S. currency from Quinones-Torres.
While at the scene police noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the clothing of both Maldonado and Harrison. When officers searched the vehicle, they located in the center console of the vehicle three separate plastic bags that contained suspected marijuana.
Police also located four packages of “Bluntville” brand single cigars. Maldonado and Harrison were also placed under arrest for being in possession of a controlled dangerous substance and controlled dangerous substance drug paraphernalia.
A search of the vehicle revealed more suspected marijuana as well as a loaded .380 caliber handgun, which was located in a bag belonging to the suspect identified as Maldonado. A computer check of the handgun revealed the handgun was reported stolen from Lancaster County in March of 2011.
As a result of this traffic stop police recovered a total of seven individual packaged bags of suspected marijuana, a stolen handgun and $296.
Matthew Ray Quinones-Torres was charged with: possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a handgun and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, as well as being a fugitive from the State of Pennsylvania for the outstanding arrest warrant. Quinones-Torres was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held on $10,000 bond; he was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.
Jason Maldonado was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a handgun. Maldonado was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was released on his own recognizance.
Davontaye Harrison was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner; he was released on his own recognizance.