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RICHARD LEE FREEMAN v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Traffic stop

In the late night hours on September 16, 2018, a Salisbury City police officer stopped a Cadillac sport-utility vehicle that had failed to stop at a stop sign. As a result of this stop, the State charged appellant Richard Freeman, the rear seat passenger, with multiple firearm and handgun charges and charges related to possession of controlled dangerous substances. Following a two-day trial, a jury sitting in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County found appellant guilty of: possession with intent to distribute a narcotic, possession of cocaine, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The court sentenced appellant to an executed term of fourteen years’ imprisonment. Appellant timely appealed …

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