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JAMES C. GRADY v. STATE OF MARYLAND

A reliable confidential informant told police that a man known as “Dollar” had cocaine in his buttocks or pants, was jumping in and out of cars at a certain location and was “possibly” armed with a handgun. Police went to the location, conducted surveillance, stopped and frisked appellant, James C. Grady, and discovered rock cocaine in the area described. Grady argued to the motions court that the stop and subsequent frisk were not justified because the officers lacked individualized suspicion that Grady was armed and dangerous. Following the denial of his motion to suppress drugs recovered from his person, Grady proceeded via a not guilty agreed statement of facts and was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute cocaine in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County.

On appeal, Grady presents a single issue for our review, namely, whether the circuit court erred by denying his suppression motion.

Read the unreported opinion.