Police: Cocaine, loaded handgun discovered during traffic stop of Federalsburg man

Maurice Lamont Pinder

A Federalsburg man was arrested Wednesday in Dorchester County on various drug and firearms charges, the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office said.

Officials say a Dorchester County deputy and a Cambridge Police officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Maryland Route 318 near the Caroline County line.

Police identified the driver as Maurice L. Pinder, and the deputy and officer reportedly observed a brass knucke-knife weapon in Pinder's pocket. When police ordered Pinder to exit the vehicle, he refused, officials said.

According to police, officers removed Pinder from the vehicle and then found an electronic scale on the vehicle's floor. Pinder reportedly tried to discard a plastic baggie of cocaine he had in his pocket and he was placed under arrest.

A more thorough search of the vehicle revealed more plastic baggies, several cell phones, a loaded .45 caliber handgun and $777 in cash, officials said.

Pinder is charged with having a loaded handgun in a vehicle, possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, possess of paraphernalia, possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He has been ordered to be held without bond, police said.

The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office thanks the Dorchester County Narcotics Task Force, the Hurlock Police Department and the Cambridge Police Department for this assistance in the case.

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