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DEANDRE THOMAS BALLARD v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Search incident to arrest

Deandre Thomas Ballard, appellant, was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, and simple possession of heroin. He was sentenced to twenty years’ imprisonment for the possession with intent to distribute conviction, and the simple possession conviction merged.

In this direct appeal, Ballard challenges the pretrial denial of his motion to suppress the heroin that was found on his person as a consequence of a search incident to an arrest that followed a traffic stop. He raises a single question for our review: Did the motions court err in denying the motion to suppress?

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