Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Aspen Hill man indicted on drug, firearm charges

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An Aspen Hill man arrested last month at his home on firearms and drug charges was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury Thursday.

Usama M. Haleem, 45, of the 4600 block of Hallet Place, has been charged with two counts of restricted possession of regulated firearms, two counts of unlawfully carrying a firearm in relation to a drug offense and one count of manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance, said Seth Zucker, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.

In a previous interview with The Gazette, Officer Melanie Hadley, a county police spokeswoman, said Haleem was arrested June 22.

Police found a 12-gauge shotgun and a handgun in the house, Hadley said. ‘‘He is not allowed to have a firearm due to a prior arrest,” she reported.

According to the charging documents, the county Police Firearms Task Force, along with SWAT officers, executed a court-ordered search and seizure warrant at Haleem’s house the morning of June 22.

He was located inside the residence in the master bedroom, the court charging documents state.

The charging documents state that Haleem has a ‘‘long and extensive criminal history” and has a prior conviction for possession with intent to distribute Controlled Dangerous Substance⁄conspiracy.

Haleem was released on $10,000 bond the same day, Hadley said. He is scheduled for a jury trial on Oct. 2, Zucker said.