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Police officers on a specialized unit arrested an Olney man last week with two pounds of suspected marijuana in his car as part of an ongoing drug investigation in the area.

Fadhl Hassan Deen, 20, of the 18200 block of Fountain Grove Way, was pulled over after officers on the department’s Police Community Action Team (PCAT) saw him violate a traffic law near the Olney Village Shopping Center at 18140 Village Center Drive, said Lucille Baur, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman. She did not know the traffic violation. While details regarding the ongoing investigation into drug activity in the area remain unclear, Deen was specifically targeted by the team, Baur said.

“During their investigation, they had developed the defendant as a suspect and therefore they set up an opportunity. They knew where he lived, they knew where he traversed or traveled,” Baur said. “Once they observed him, they followed him and once he committed a traffic violation, they initiated the traffic stop.”

A K-9 unit was present at the stop and indicated to officers that Deen’s vehicle may have drugs in it, giving officers probable cause to search the vehicle and seize the marijuana, police said. A search warrant conducted later at Deen’s house turned up more marijuana and an undisclosed amount of cash, believed to be earned through illegal drug sales, Baur said.

Deen was charged with one count of drug possession with the intent to distribute and was released from jail after posting a $5,000 unsecured personal bond Friday, according to online court documents. He is scheduled to appear in Montgomery County District Court at the end of the month, the documents state.

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