Police: Stop turns up stolen gun

Maryland men also allegedly had drugs, scale

Two Maryland men are behind bars after a traffic stop on Interstate 99 turned up marijuana and a stolen handgun.

Darien R. Riddick, 37, of Baltimore and Emanuel Taylor, 42, of Randallstown were arrested Sunday night on I-99 in Greenfield Township after they were pulled over by a state trooper for speeding.

According to charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blatten­berger, a trooper in an unmarked vehicle was headed south on I-99 when he was passed by a red-colored GMC Yukon driven by Riddick. Police said Riddick failed to signal when he changed lanes to pass, and the trooper subsequently paced the SUV at 80 mph for a half-mile before pulling it over.

The trooper said in the charges that he could smell marijuana when he walked up to the SUV.

When the SUV was searched, a stolen 9mm Ruger was found on the driver’s side floor mat, police said. Along with the handgun, a plastic jar holding two individual plastic bags of marijuana and a digital scale were recovered from inside a knit hat on the back seat.

Police said the suspected marijuana bags weighed 21 grams and 27 grams.

Riddick also appeared to be impaired, police said. He was taken to Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring for a blood test before being booked on charges that include felony illegal possession of a firearm, theft and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Taylor is charged with felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail was set on Monday morning by Magisterial District for Riddick at $100,000 cash. Taylor’s bail was set at $50,000 cash and both men remain in Blair County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 12 at District Court in Martinsburg.

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