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Baltimore man arrested on crack cocaine-related charges after traffic stop in Westminster

Dwight Wayne Raney
Dwight Wayne Raney (Courtesy photo)

A Baltimore man is charged with possession with intent to distribute after being arrested during a traffic stop in Westminster on Wednesday.

Dwight Wayne Raney, 27, of the 5000 block of Northgreen Road, is charged with one count each of making a false statement to an officer, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance other than marijuana and possession of a narcotic with intent to distribute, according to charging documents.

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Westminster police were watching the unit block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster on Wednesday afternoon, after receiving complaints of drug activity linked to a suspected dealer described as “a black male, mid 20s, approximately 6 feet tall with a tattoo on his neck,” according to charging documents.

At about 3 p.m., a Westminster Police Department officer saw a man matching that description get into a silver Toyota Corolla with a “suspicious white female” who had been talking on her phone on the sidewalk, according to charging documents.

Police followed the vehicle around the city and pulled the driver over after they stopped for an estimated 17 seconds at a stop sign before turning right on to James Street, according to charging documents, because the vehicle had been “impeding the free flow of traffic.”

Two women in the car were identified by their Maryland identification cards, according to charging documents, but the man later identified as Raney told police he had no identification and that his name was Darren Brian Moore.The charging documents do not note whether the women in the vehicle were charged.

A Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy who arrived at the scene recognized Raney and told police that Raney had given that deputy the same false name during a previous investigation, and a search of Raney’s real name turned up outstanding arrest warrants, according to charging documents.

Raney was arrested and searched, turning up $1,994.55 divided between his front and back pockets, according to charging documents, with police noting in the documents that drug dealers often separate their profits from cash being reinvested in buying more drugs to sell.

Police also found 13.7 grams of crack cocaine in Raney’s shorts, according to charging documents.

Raney was taken to the Carroll County Detention Center, but was released Thursday after posting a $10,000 bail, according to electronic court records, and is due in Carroll County District Court on June 12 for a hearing.

No phone number was listed for Raney to call for a comment. There was no attorney listed for Raney in court records.

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