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N.C. man arrested on gun, drug charges


State troopers looking for speeders, drugs and guns on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway yesterday morning snared a North Carolina man wanted on federal weapons and drug charges, state police said.

Troopers from the Glen Burnie barracks were patrolling the parkway as part of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's initiative to detect guns and drugs, in addition to their regular duty of stopping speeding motorists.

About 9:50 a.m., Trooper Ken Hasenei spotted a 1991 Honda station wagon speeding south on the parkway at 70 mph in a 55 mph zone, police said.

Trooper Hasenei stopped the car just south of Interstate 195. A police dog indicated the presence of narcotics, and a computer check revealed that the driver was wanted on felony weapons charges by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The man also faces federal drug charges, police said.

Ricky Lee Darden, 33, of Kinston, N.C., was arrested and handed over to BATF agents, police said. No drugs were found in the car, police said.

Man steals 3 cartons of cigarettes from store

A man bolted from the store of the Greentree Exxon station Sunday evening with three cartons of cigarettes under his arm after getting the clerk to turn her back for a moment, county police said.

Jasmine Grant, 19, the clerk at the station in the 8000 block of Crain Highway, told police the man entered shortly before 8 p.m. and tried to pay for three cartons of Newports with a credit card. When the credit card sale was denied, the man agreed to pay cash, police said.

The man asked Ms. Grant to write down the total -- $63 -- so that he could get the money from a friend who he said was at a carwash next to the station. When Ms. Grant turned around to get a pen, the man grabbed the cigarettes and ran out the door, police said.

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