Silver Spring Man Pleads Guilty To Illegal Possession Of Ammunition, Postal Service Keys

Sentencing is scheduled for April 30th

Greenbelt, Md (KM) A Silver Spring man has pleaded guilty in US District Court in Greenbelt to being a felon in possession of ammunition, and unlawful possession of keys to US Postal Service mail receptacles. Andrew Steven Martin, 30, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 30th, 2024..

The US Attorney’s Office for Maryland says Martin was arrested on an open warrant following a traffic stop on May 17th, 2023  A Gaithersburg police officer who initiated the stop  detected an odor of marijuana coming from the passenger side of the car. A search of Martin’s vehicle netted a bag of marijuana, and the Postal Service “arrow” keys which opened two outdoor collection boxes at the Reisterstown Post Office.

Authorities also found a stack of credit cards not in Martin’s name, and two identification cards; one of which bore a picture of Martin with a different name. Police also found 42 checks, five debt cards, and a privately made 9 mm semi-automatic pistol with ten ammunition cartridges. They also located 47 personal checks, two cashiers checks and an orange pill bottle with  27 tablets found to contain fentanyl and heroin. . .

The total amount of the funds from the checks was $80.164.89.

Martin knew that he had a previous felony conviction which prohibited him from possessing ammunition, the US Attorney’s Office says.

Federal prosecutors say Martin could receive ten years behind bars at his sentencing.

By Kevin McManus