One is charged with drug, firearms and DWI offenses.
Five indictments came down from the Frederick County Grand Jury on Friday.
One of the defendants was Antwine Dwayne Snowden, Jr., 24, of Frederick. Grand Jurors charged him with use of a firearm in drug trafficking, having a handgun in a vehicle, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (drugs), possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, negligent driving, unsafe lane change, failure to display a vehicle registration card on demand, driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated.
State's Attorney Charlie Smith says Snowden was pulled over June 9th, 2013 during a traffic stop at Route 40 and Hoke Place because he was observed driving erratically. Smith says a state trooper detected an odor of alcohol and marijuana in the vehicle. Snowden failed a field sobriety test, and was placed under arrest for having a Blood Alcohol Content of .18. "They searched the vehicle, found 65-grams of marijuana as well as loaded 25-caliber handgun. So he faces charges stemming out of that incident," says Smith.
Also indicted was Zachary Aaron Simmers, 29, of Thurmont. Smith says Simmers got into an argument with his girlfriend on June 9th, 2013. He slashed the tires on her car, and went to get an aluminum baseball bat to do more damage to the vehicle. "Some man came outside to stop him. He grabbed him, and they began wrestle. Next thing you known, Mr. Simmers grabbed the bat and began hitting the man, causing him to fall to the ground. The man actually had to be taken to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown," says Smith. Grand Jurors charged Simmers with several counts of assault, malicious destruction of property more than $500, and disorderly conduct.
The panel also returned indictments against Brian Theodore Lewis, 52, of Frederick, for two counts of assault and possession of a synthetic drug (synthetic cannabinoid) for an incident on May 31st, 2013. In addition, Danielle Elizabeth Byrne, 30, of Littlestown, Pennsylvania, was indicted for assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. The offense occurred on June 14th, 2013. And finally, Christopher Bernard Cummings, 26, of Walkersville, was indicted for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The offenses occurred on June 27th, 2013.
Smith says the use of the Grand Jury moves these cases much quicker through the criminal justice system. "It eliminates a preliminary hearing in District Court. So we're able to bring these cases to trial a little bit more quickly. They will have the right to have that heard within the next 180 days, and actually, we will get a trial date within that period of time," he says.