Woman charged with illegal firearm possession in York County

YORK – Maria Montano, 32, who has been classified as homeless in court documents, has been charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of a firearm while committing a felony, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of one ounce to one pound of marijuana.

She was arraigned this week in York County District Court, during which she pleaded not guilty.

It was noted in court documents Montano is a multi-state convicted felon and had multiple warrants out of Arapahoe County in Colorado.

The case began when a deputy with the York County Sheriff’s Department was on regular duty on Interstate 80 when he saw a speeding vehicle. A stop was initiated.

Montano was a passenger in the vehicle. While speaking with the driver, the deputy saw (according to the court affidavit) a large-handled knife and glass pipe sitting in the center cup holder with white residue, which the deputy recognized as being used to smoke methamphetamine.

It was found the vehicle had been stolen in Colorado.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies found 2.1 grams of fentanyl, 2.3 grams of methamphetamine in the center console, a digital scale with methamphetamine residue and a knife with a 5-inch blade.

In the back seat, where Montano was located, they found a loaded H. Schmidt .22 mag revolver, a jar of marijuana, marijuana joints, a Crown Royal bag with two Glock 9 mm magazines along with 21 9-mm caliber bullets, six .380 caliber bullets and six .22 caliber bullets.

A search of a bag in the car revealed 78.5 grams of fentanyl, nine bags with 11.4 grams of methamphetamine, two Narcan doses, glass jar with meth residue, a digital scale with meth residue and three plastic tubes with 36.7 grams of fentanyl. They also found a Ruger LCP 11 .380 handgun with a loaded magazine containing six .380 caliber bullets, which was confirmed as being stolen.

A jury trial has been set for later this year.

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