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Man arrested for allegedly selling drugs near library

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A Westminster man is charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and related counts for allegedly selling marijuana near the Westminster branch of the library.

Eric Christopher Gartrell, 19, of the 100 block of W. Main St., is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, according to electronic court files.

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Gartrell was released from the Carroll County Detention Center Sunday after posting $7,000 bond, according to electronic court files.

An officer from the Westminster Police Department responded to the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday for a report of suspects using drugs, according to charging documents.

An officer already on the scene indicated Gartrell was one of the suspects, according to the documents. When an officer approached Gartrell to speak with him, the officer reported smelling raw marijuana.

Police searched Gartrell and found a bag containing 14 individually wrapped bags of suspected marijuana, according to the documents.

Gartrell was placed under arrest and while being transported to the detention center's central booking facility, according to charging documents, told police he had been dealing or using drugs for three years and he was surprised it took police so long to arrest him.

Gartrell agreed to speak to police without an attorney present and told them he was at the library selling marijuana, according to the documents.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or email heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.

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