CUMBERLAND — An early morning traffic stop Wednesday on eastbound Interstate 68 in the city led to the arrest of a Philadelphia man and a Martinsburg, West Virginia, woman on drug distribution charges, Cumberland Police said.
Thomas Arthur Norris, 30, was charged with four counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, three counts of possession of CDS not marijuana, possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana, possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, handgun on person, resisting arrest and obstructing and hindering following the 3 a.m. traffic stop made for alleged speeding.
Police also arrested Alexis Kiera Winston, 22, of Martinsburg on four counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, three counts of possession of CDS not marijuana and possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana.
Norris and Winston remained jailed without bond Thursday at the Allegany County Detention Center, pending bail review by a district court judge.
Police said the arrests were made following the traffic stop in which Norris, the driver of the vehicle, provided a false name to officers and then drove away during the traffic stop. He reportedly traveled onto Willowbrook Road, exited the vehicle and ran before he was quickly apprehended by city police officers who took him into custody without further incident.
During a search of Norris, whose identity was determined through fingerprinting during arrest processing, officers found a large amount of currency and large quantities of suspected crack cocaine and pills.
A search of the area of the arrest also led to discovery of a loaded handgun that was in Norris' possession, police said.