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A St. Mary’s jail inmate reported spotting an attempted drug transaction Wednesday in the lobby of the facility, court papers state, and an ensuing investigation led to questioning of one visitor to the lobby and another visitor’s arrest on a paraphernalia charge.

Joshua Charles Young, 29, of Mechanicsville was jailed in lieu of $3,000 bond to await a court hearing today, Friday, on the paraphernalia charge and a traffic offense of driving with a suspended license.

Young and a girlfriend, who had just been released from the detention center, were spotted walking toward its parking lot in Leonardtown, court papers state, and a police search of the pickup truck that Young was driving found a prescription bottle containing three different types of pills.

Several loose pills were found on a front bench seat, under the truck’s center console, and a second bottle of prescription pills also was found, according to a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Skyler LeFave, from the investigation initiated by detention center command staff members Capt. Michael Merican and Capt. Deborah Diedrich.

jwharton@somdnews.com