Westminster man charged with intent to distribute cocaine

Kelwin Gordon Warren
Kelwin Gordon Warren (Courtesy Photo)

A Westminster man was arrested Saturday after he was allegedly found to be in possession of cocaine intended for distribution.

Kelwin Gordon Warren, 39, of the 200 block of Stacey Lee Drive, was charged with possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute and related misdemeanor charges. He was being held without bail following a Monday bail review, according to electronic court records.


According to the statement of probable cause, a deputy of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling and ran a routine check on the registration of a vehicle. The vehicle registration was suspended with an MVA pick-up order.

The deputy made a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, identified as Warren. Warren said he knew his insurance had lapsed. The deputy observed that Warren and a passenger appeared extremely nervous, according to the statement.

The deputy called for a K-9, which alerted to narcotics in the vehicle. In a search of the vehicle, the deputy located a tin containing traces of suspected cocaine, cut straws and seven small baggies of suspected cocaine in similar amounts. Warren confirmed to police that the substance was cocaine, according to the statement.

The passenger was found to be in possession of another small baggie, “indicating a possible transfer,” according to the statement.

Warren was questioned at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and deputies obtained a search and seizure warrant for his residence. In the room where he was staying, deputies seized items including six baggies containing about 180 grams of suspected cocaine between them, 11 capsules containing a powdery substance, as well as baggies consistent with the packaging of the baggies seized from the vehicle, according to the statement.

No attorney was listed for Warren in court records. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 29.