Federal Charges: Silver Spring Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of Ammunition

30-year-old Andrew Steven Martin of Silver Spring has pleaded guilty to possessing ammunition as a felon and unlawfully having U.S. Postal Service keys to access mail receptacles, officials said.

The guilty plea was announced Monday by Erek L. Barron, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, Damon E. Wood, Postal Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Washington Division, Chief Marcus Jones of the Montgomery County Police Department, and Chief Mark P. Sroka of the Gaithersburg City Police Department.

According to his guilty plea, on May 17, 2022, Martin was stopped by a Gaithersburg Police officer while driving a vehicle. Marijuana was found in the vehicle, along with USPS keys that opened collection boxes outside the Reisterstown Post Office. Additionally, law enforcement discovered various items in the vehicle, including credit cards not in Martin’s name, identification cards with a different name, multiple checks, debit cards, a loaded semi-automatic pistol, and a pill bottle containing heroin and fentanyl tablets.

Martin could receive a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison due to his status as a felon in possession of ammunition and illegally having USPS arrow keys, according to a press release. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang has set the sentencing for April 30 at 2:30 p.m.

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