GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — One man found out you don’t just have to follow traffic laws to pass a driver’s test — you have to follow criminal laws as well.
A man didn’t get his shot to take his driver’s test Monday afternoon after he was arrested for having a gun, cash and drugs inside his mother’s car.
Reginald D. Wooding Jr., 22, of Baltimore, was waiting in line in the car to take the test at the MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration in Glen Burnie, Md., when a driver’s license examiner became suspicious after smelling what she thought was marijuana coming from the vehicle.
She contacted a state trooper working at the MVA, who confirmed the strong smell of marijuana was coming from Wooding’s vehicle and investigated.
A probable cause search led to the recovery of almost one pound of marijuana, a scale, more than $15,000 in suspected drug-related money and a 9mm Glock handgun with a loaded 30-round magazine. Wooding was placed under arrest before he could take his driving test.
“So not only was there a gun, there was the dope and the drug-related money, all in this car as he was waiting for his driver’s exam,” said Greg Shipley, spokesperson for Maryland State Police.
His mother did not have much to say Wednesday about her son’s arrest, or the list of criminal charges he’s now facing.
“I’m not explaining anything,” Wooding’s mother said.
Wooding was charged with:
- engaging in a drug-trafficking crime while transporting a firearm
- possessing a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime
- possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
- unlawfully purchasing/receiving a detachable magazine with the capacity of more than ten rounds of ammunition
- use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
- illegally wearing/carrying/transporting a handgun on public roads/parking lots
- wear/carry/ transport a handgun on his person
- possession of marijuana
- two counts of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia
- possession of drug paraphernalia
- obliterating the identification number on a firearm
Wooding was taken for an initial appearance before a court commissioner where he was released on a $7,500 unsecured bond.