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Jury Finds Convicted Felon Guilty of Drug Trafficking With a Handgun

Annapolis, Md. – Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced today that a jury found Derron Daley, 23, of Stafford, Va. guilty of 20 felony charges which included possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana, three counts of transporting a loaded handgun, three counts of possession of a handgun while being a prohibited person and three counts of possession of a handgun while engaged in a drug trafficking crime.

The defendant, who is a convicted felon, is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison without the possibility of parole. Earlier this year, the defendant was convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana in Virginia. He had fled to Florida and was extradited back to Virginia and then to Maryland for this proceeding.

The defendant will be sentenced on September 16, 2022.

“At the time of the arrest, the defendant was not only a fugitive, but was also prohibited by law from carrying a gun as a convicted felon,” said State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess. “His decision to continue trafficking drugs while armed shows his complete disregard for the laws and safety of our community.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Eric Sullivan prosecuted this case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

On September 25, 2021, a Maryland State Trooper pulled over a white Porsche for a minor traffic infraction. While inspecting the outside of the vehicle, the trooper discovered that the tags to the vehicle did not belong to the vehicle and immediately smelled a very strong odor of marijuana in the car. There were five people in the car, including the defendant, who was identified as Derron Daley. The defendant was seated in the backseat on the right hand side behind the front passenger. The trooper instructed the individuals inside the vehicle to exit the car and began searching the car.

The trooper found multiple marijuana packets along the driver's door, along the front passenger's side door, behind the driver's seat, as well as a loaded handgun with a round chambered inside. Police located approximately $11,000 in cash behind the passenger seat where the defendant was seated, and two more loaded handguns in hidden compartments in the backsides of both the driver's and passenger’s seats. The hidden compartments were only accessible to the backseat passengers.

Further investigation found that the defendant had an open warrant from the state of Virginia for drug trafficking charges and was prohibited from possessing firearms due to his prior criminal juvenile history and his age. After the trooper found the first gun, but before they found the hidden compartments, the defendant blurted out to his fellow passengers multiple times, "the gun's clean", "the gun's clean", "it's just a gun charge" and "if the gun's clean, then there's nothing to worry about". The defendant was arrested at the scene.

The Honorable Richard Trunnell presided over the case.

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