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Guns, Drugs Seized in I-68 Traffic Stop

June 23rd, 2022 by WCBC Radio

At approximately 3:30 Thursday morning, Deputies with the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling Westbound, on Interstate 68, near the 42 mile marker.  Upon making contact with the occupants, Deputies developed probable cause to search the vehicle.  During the search, Deputies located a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl, along with a 9MM handgun, and an assault rifle style shotgun.  Additionally, Deputies located packaging material and various controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia which further indicated an intent to distribute the controlled dangerous substances.

Pursuant to the investigation, Deputies arrested and charged John R. Zajac of Parkville MD with the following:

CDS possession not marijuana x 4


CDS POSS W/INT DIST not marijuana x 1

CDS POSS Large Amount

Rifle/Shotgun Possession w/felony conviction

Firearm use in felony crime

Firearm use in drug trafficking crime

CDS DIST W/Firearm

Firearm Poss W/Felony conviction

Loaded Handgun in Vehicle

Illegal Ammunition Poss

Multiple additional firearm charges


Also arrested and on scene was Courtney A. Purnell, who was charged with the following:

CDS possession not marijuana x 2


Both subjects were transported to the Allegany County Detention Center to await their initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner.