Jefferson Castillo Arrested For Possession Of Handgun And Drug During Traffic Stop In Silver Spring
Officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Jefferson Ayala-Castillo, age 21, of Columbia, Maryland, with criminal offenses to include possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun by a prohibited person due to prior criminal convictions, possession of marijuana and THC with the intent to distribute those drugs, and traffic offenses to include driving on a suspended Maryland driver’s license.
On October 23 at approximately 12:15 am, a 3rd District officer was on routine patrol when he observed a driver commit a moving violation at the intersection of Castle Boulevard and Briggs Chaney Road. The officer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver (and sole occupant) as Jefferson-Ayala Castillo. The officer observed marijuana in Ayala-Castillo’s lap and smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.
The officer determined that Ayala-Castillo was not permitted to drive as he had a suspended Maryland driver’s license.
As Ayala-Castillo exited the vehicle, an assisting officer observed an empty gun holster in the pocket of the driver’s side door. A bullet also fell out of Ayala-Castillo’s pocket.
During a search of the vehicle, officers located a loaded handgun in a bag on the driver’s side floorboard. Officers also found THC packaged for distribution, marijuana, and ammunition in the vehicle. Other items indicative of drug distribution were located on Ayala-Castillo and in his vehicle.
Ayala-Castillo was transported to the Central Processing Unit and was released on bond.
**A mugshot of Ayala-Castillo will be added to this release once it becomes available.