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Three Pennsylvania residents face charges in Harford County after police found drugs and weapons in the car they were driving.

Justin Michael Rodriguez, 27, Charles D. Ruth, 32, and Jennifer Lynn Young, 27, were charged Sunday with possession of narcotic production equipment, importing drugs into the state, distributing drugs with a firearm, five counts of possession of a drug other than marijuana, illegally having a handgun in a vehicle, two counts of concealing a dangerous weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, altering a firearm identification number and manufacturing a serial number to retain an item. Ruth and Rodriguez face an additional charge of possession of a firearm with a felony conviction.

At the defendants' bail review hearing Monday afternoon, Assistant Public Defender Brian Cunningham asked for significant reduction in bail amount for both Young and Ruth.

Rodriguez was driving the vehicle from Florida to Pennsylvania when Harford County sheriff's deputies stopped the vehicle because he was allegedly speeding, Cunningham said. Police discovered Rodriguez's license was suspended and placed him under arrest.

Both Young and Ruth admitted that they did not have valid driver's licenses and could not drive so the car was impounded.

When police searched the car they found 36 grams of suspected cocaine, suspected hydrocodone, additional pills, a gun, knives, ammunition and drug paraphernalia, said Assistant State's Attorney Chris Smith.

The items were found in a bookbag and in a safe inside the car.

Cunningham claimed that because the car belonged to Rodriguez, he was driving and the key to the safe was on his key ring, a bond amount of $125,000, as set for Young before the hearing, was excessive.

"There is a very tenuous link to Miss Young as regards these charges," Cunningham said.

He argued that neither she nor Ruth had access to the items because they were stored away and the key to the locker was not in their possession.

Harford District Court Judge John L. Dunnigan then reduced the bond amount for Young, of the first block of Oriole Drive in Ephrata, Pa., to $10,000.

Dunnigan was not as lenient with Ruth or Rodriguez.

Smith called the court's attention to Rodriguez's three adult convictions, including a drug conviction, and his significant juvenile record. As a juvenile, Rodriguez was charged with making a terror threat and robbery among other things, Smith said.

Dunnigan ordered Rodriguez, of the 300 block of Yummer Dall Road in Lititz, Pa., be held without bail.

Cunningham again asked the court to consider Ruth was only a passenger in the car and in light of that fact, set a bond amount more reasonable than $150,000 initially set.

Smith called attention to Ruth's record which includes robbery.

Dunnigan also ordered Ruth, of the first block of West Farnum Street in Lancaster, Pa., be held without bail.

Both remain in the Harford County Detention Center.

Despite having her bail reduced to $10,000, Young was still being held in the detention center Monday evening.


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