Maryland State Police arrested and charged two suspects with drug and gun violations after a traffic stop Thursday, Oct. 17, in Prince George’s County.
James Gattison Jr, 45, of Bowie and Lakeeta Pitts, 45, of Capitol Heights were both placed under arrest for various weapons and drug charges, according to an MSP press release. Both suspects were transported to the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections, where Gattison was given a $10,000 bond. Pitts was held without bond.
At approximately noon on Oct. 17, troopers from the MSP’s Washington Metro Troop Criminal Enforcement Team observed a Chevrolet Suburban with alleged illegal tint on the front windshield in the area of the 6400 block of Walker Mill Road in Capitol Heights. After conducting a traffic stop, troopers allegedly detected the odor of suspected marijuana coming from the vehicle.
According to a preliminary investigation, troopers conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle which allegedly revealed a loaded Bersa .380 caliber handgun in the center console. Troopers also reported finding suspected crack cocaine, a digital scale and plastic baggies indicative of drug distribution.
Gattison and Pitts were arrested at the scene. The MSP Gun Enforcement Unit also assisted in this arrest. The incident remains under investigation.