HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL: What made Zachary so sleepy he snugged down on the shoulder of an interstate for a nap with his heroin and a loaded gun?

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HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL: What made Zachary so sleepy he snugged down on the shoulder of interstate for a nap with his heroin and loaded gun?

BALTIMORE, MD – The shoulder of the interstate is a great place to pass out when one is overdosing at the wheel of one’s Toyota pickup. Maryland Transportation Authority Police report finding Zachary James Shumaker, 23, of 4601 Ridgeway Ave., Rosedale, Md., passed out in his pickup on the shoulder of I-695 near Exit 33 (I-95) on Dec. 17, 2018.

Shumaker was not only in possession of drugs, report police, but he was packing heat as well – after all one never knows what nefarious intentions those who deal in drugs may have, thus the need for having a loaded handgun when going to buy the next round of heroin, one of the drugs police recovered from Shumaker.

An MDTA Police officer checked the welfare of Shumaker who appeared to be slumped over his steering wheel.

After waking Shumaker from his unconscious state, the officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

Police say that Zachary Shumaker was asked to exit his vehicle, a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers located a loaded handgun, ammunition, heroin and marijuana.

The MDTA Police charged Shumaker with transporting a firearm in a motor vehicle, illegal possession of ammunition, illegal possession of a regulated firearm, a disqualified person possessing a regulated firearm, possession of marijuana and possession of heroin.

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After processing, Officer Paul C Andrzejewski transported Shumaker to the Baltimore County District Court Commissioner. He is being held without bail pending trial.

On Aug. 25, 2017, Shumaker was charged with reckless endangerment, assault, use of a deadly weapon with the intent to injure in Baltimore County Circuit Court. In a plea deal, the Baltimore County States Attorney accepted a guilty plea from Shumaker to the charge of reckless endangerment. THE DEAL: the other charges were dropped, and Shumaker was sentenced to five years in prison with all five years suspended and assigned supervised probation for two years. With a new conviction for gun and heroin charges, the five years could be reinstated, sending Shumaker off to the slammer where he will have to buy his drugs from the very few prison guards who provide contraband to inmates or the Black Guerrilla Family gang. Richard H. Goldner of Lutherville represented Shumaker in this case.

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