Carl O. Snowden, the civil rights director of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, was charged with marijuana possession in Baltimore on Friday, according to online court records.
Snowden's attorney told The Capital that he is confident Snowden will be found not guilty of the drug charge and that he was with another person in his car Friday when he was pulled over by police for a broken tail light. Snowden is scheduled for a May 3 court date in Baltimore, according to online records.
WJZ-TV reported that Snowden filed a $20 million lawsuit against Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold for having a dossier complied against him.
Snowden said he would take a sabbatical from the attorney general's office to pursue charges without a conflict of interest, according to WJZ-TV.
It was revealed in March that Snowden was investigated by Leopold, who on charges that he used his security detail improperly.
The indictment includes allegations that Leopold instructed members of his security detail to produce dossiers on his political challengers—including Snowden and , his Democratic opponent in the 2010 race for county executive.
The Maryland office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lodged a request for information about Leopold's actions on behalf of Snowden.
According to The Capital, a county judge reinstated a drunken driving conviction for Snowden in February.