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Case moved against man facing multiple weapons, drug charges

Federal indictment results in granting of motion to dismiss state charges

August 19, 2010|By DON AINES

A Greencastle, Pa., man who is charged with possessing more than 35 pounds of marijuana, along with weapons and other drugs, has had his case moved from Washington County Circuit Court to federal court, according to Robert Veil, the supervising attorney for the Washington County Narcotics Task Force.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. on Thursday granted a motion by Veil to dismiss the Maryland charges against Derick C. Wollaston. Earlier in the day, Veil said Wollaston, 23, has been indicted on federal charges.

Wollaston was charged in March with four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance; two counts each of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of marijuana; and single counts of distribution of narcotics, possession of a firearm in a drug-trafficking crime and maintaining a common nuisance for the distribution of controlled dangerous substances, according to court records.

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On March 29, the task force received information that Wollaston and another man were to meet in the Martin's Food Markets parking lot on North Pointe Drive to exchange marijuana for cash, the statement of probable cause said. In the parking lot, agents saw a man later identified as Wollaston get a yellow plastic case from another man and place it in the trunk of a car, the statement said.

The case contained a large amount of marijuana, and police took Wollaston into custody, the statement of probable cause said. Police also confiscated $2,322 in cash, the statement said.

The statement of probable cause said Wollaston was living at 1137 Lindsay Lane in Hagerstown, which was searched that same day by police.

The search turned up a wall safe in Wollaston's room containing a large amount of cash, along with more money in a shoebox, a rifle, three handguns, ammunition and 14 Suboxone pills, the statement of probable cause said.

Found elsewhere in the house were a stun gun, ammunition, marijuana, 20 Oxycontin tablets, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, the statement of probable cause said. Several marijuana plants were found growing in different parts of the house, and 35 pounds of marijuana was found in two boxes in the basement, the statement said.

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