Locals Face Marijuana Charges

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
OCEAN CITY – Three out of the four locals, ranging in age from 20 to 23, arrested on drug charges back in February after neighbors called police to complain of loud music coming from a nearby house each faced trial Monday in different forms.

According to court records, it was around 4:20 a.m. on Feb. 23 when OCPD Officer Kelley was dispatched to the area of Sunset Drive to assist Officer Perry with a disorderly house call. After speaking with the complainants, officers approached the noisy house nearby on Bayshore Drive and were met by a female, identified as Nikki Busch, 23, of Ocean City, at the back door.

Kelley was permitted to enter the house and in doing so, noticed a male, later identified as Curtis James Adkins, 21, of Ocean City, coming out of a bedroom that still had two other males inside listening to music. According to court documents, the two other males were later identified as Jeremy Robert Markel, 23, of Ocean Pines, and Jeremiah Solon Presby, 20, of Snow Hill. Kelley noted that the room was full of a thick, white smoke, which he believed to smell like marijuana.

Since Busch’s name was on the lease, she gave Kelley permission to search the rest of the rooms for any other occupants. During his search of the bedroom, Kelley saw a marijuana joint near where Markel and Presby were seated as well as multiple baggies of marijuana. A digital scale as well as a glass, smoking device were found, too.

All four subjects were then placed under arrest for possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

On Monday, the first to go on trial before Judge Daniel R. Mumford was Presby, who plead guilty to possession of marijuana. Since it was his first offense, Mumford fined him $300 and placed him on one year of unsupervised probation.

Next on trial was Markel who plead not guilty to both possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Although Markel said the marijuana and paraphernalia was not his and that he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Kelley’s testimony of how he found a marijuana joint sitting between where him and Presby were found when he entered sealed his fate. He was then placed on one year of unsupervised probation and fined a total of $600 for both charges.

Last to appear before Mumford was Adkins who refused to go to trial before the judge and instead opted to take advantage of his right to a jury trial at a later date.

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