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Glen Burnie, Md., man charged with possession of 5 pounds of marijuana

September 02, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING, Md. — A Glen Burnie, Md., man accused of having 5 pounds of marijuana in his car told a sheriff's deputy he was trying to "make some money for my grandkid's college tuition," according to charging documents filed Friday in Washington County District Court.

Neil Arthur Niefeld, 57, was charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics, two counts of possession of other controlled dangerous substances, maintaining a common nuisance to distribute narcotics and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, the statement of probable cause said.

Niefeld was being held Friday in the Washington County Detention Center on $30,000 bond.

Shortly before midnight Thursday, a Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy received a report of a possibly intoxicated driver at the drive-through at the McDonald's in Clear Spring, the documents said.

An employee had called to report that the driver of a black BMW had struck the curb in the drive-through lane, the documents said.

When the deputy arrived, the car pulled from the drive-through lane into a parking spot. The trunk was open, and the vehicle's hazard lights were on, the documents said.

When the deputy pulled up near the BMW, it started to back up and the driver was ordered to stop.  Deputies could smell "raw marijuana" in the car, the documents said.

The driver was identified as Niefeld. A search of the vehicle turned up about 5 pounds of marijuana in five, one-gallon plastic bags, along with 57 1/2 Xanax tablets and a Suboxone pill, the documents said.

According to the charging documents, as one deputy was preparing to take Niefeld to Central Booking, Niefeld said: "Man, I'm just trying to make some money for my grandkid's college tuition. You know what I mean?"

 Niefeld told the deputy he was having financial difficulties and was driving to Mount Storm, W.Va., the documents said.

Niefeld has no previous criminal history, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michele Hansen told District Judge Mark D. Thomas during Friday's bond review hearing.

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