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Natural Resources Police Blotter

Officers of the Maryland Natural Resources Police arrested one man on drug charges and charged two other men with deer poaching in incidents in Worcester and Harford counties.

Worcester County
On Saturday, Josh Brandon Marlowe, 51, of Ocean City was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance—heroin—and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shortly before 8 p.m., an officer on patrol near Sims Road in Worcester County saw a blue pick-up truck behaving in a suspicious manner, including  shining a light into a farm field, an illegal activity known as spotlighting.

When the officer stopped the vehicle, Marlowe, a passenger, attempted to discard a hypodermic needle.

Officers detained both the driver and passenger and during a search found 14 bags of heroin, as well as an additional hypodermic needle.

Marlowe was taken before a Worcester District Court Commissioner, where he was released on personal recognizance. A trial date has not been set. If convicted of both charges, Marlowe could be sentenced to up to four years in prison and be fined more than $25,000.

Harford County
Two men were charged with multiple counts of illegal hunting on Dec. 18, 2015 for their actions earlier in the season.

Stephen Eugene Nuckols Jr, 30, and Brian Joseph Nuckols, 25, both of Perry Hall, each received citations for hunting deer closed season, nighttime hunting, having a loaded weapon in a vehicle, hunting at nighttime with lights, hunting on private land without written permission, casting rays of artificial light with an implement, negligent hunting, and two criminal charges for possessing a dangerous weapon.

An officer on patrol near the Darlington Cemetery on Nov. 29 noticed a white passenger car traveling slowly north and south on Shuresville Road.

The vehicle backed into two driveways so the occupants could scan the fields on the opposite side of the road for deer using the vehicle’s high beams and a flashlight.

The officer stopped the car and found a loaded rifle under the back seat.

Stephen Nuckols, is on probation for a 2010 trespassing conviction obtained by the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

The two men are scheduled to appear in Harford District Court on Feb. 18. If convicted on all counts, they could face up to six years in prison, be fined as much as $11,750 and have their hunting privileges revoked for up to five years.