22-year-old Waldorf man accused of possessing loaded handgun in vehicle

A 22-year-old Waldorf man was arrested and charged with possessing a loaded handgun in his vehicle Jan. 2.

Charging documents filed by Maryland State Police Trooper Derek Harper say he pulled over Bri’on D. Burton for speeding and smelled a faint odor of marijuana. Burton said he had not smoked and noted there was a handgun in the vehicle.

The documents allege that the 9 mm handgun, which Burton said was for protection and was registered to him, was “easily in reach of Burton from his seated position.”

Burton allegedly told police he had the handgun in the vehicle “so it would not be in the house where his sister and her child lived.” He was released the following day.


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