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Florida man suspected of intending to deal marijuana from Red Roof Inn

By Alex Bridges - abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- Authorities accuse a Florida man of intending to deal marijuana from a hotel room last week.

Law enforcement officers responded shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday to a complaint of someone possibly selling marijuana from a room at the Red Roof Inn, 991 Millwood Pike, according to Maj. Robert "Robbie" Eckman, of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Officers knocked on the door and then entered the room, occupied by four people from Florida, Eckman said Wednesday. The officers received consent to search the room and located 10 rocks of crack cocaine worth an estimated $500, according to Eckman.

"Then we found also in a gym bag two gallon-sized [zipper] bags containing marijuana and numerous plastic baggies used in the packaging and distribution of marijuana," Eckman said. "The crack cocaine was found in a boot."

Authorities estimated the value of the marijuana and crack cocaine at approximately $500 and $700, respectively, according to Eckman. Investigators also seized $1,074 in cash.

Officers charged Antonio D. Williams, 20, of Belle Glade, with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to Eckman. A magistrate granted Williams' release on a $15,000 bond from the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center, which he posted the same day, a jail official said Wednesday.

Officers charged and then released Wilfred A. Demezier, 32, also of Belle Glade, on a summons to appear in Frederick County General District Court on a charge of possession of marijuana, Eckman said.

Authorities expect to file more charges in the case stemming from the discovery of the crack cocaine, according to Eckman.

"No one owned up to that," Eckman said.

Williams faces a preliminary hearing on his charge May 24. Demezier's arraignment on his misdemeanor charge is set for May 20.

Cpl. Mike Ellinger and Sgt. Jason Cornwell investigated the incident.

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