Three men who were coming from a large rave party in Taneytown were charged with possession of a handgun or possession of LSD with a street value of more than $1,500, according to police.
Officer Scott Mitchel said a man stopped for a traffic violation about 10:15 p.m. Saturday was found to be driving on a suspended license. When officers became suspicious of the man's movements before the car was stopped, they summoned a gun-sniffing dog from the state police. The car was searched, and police found a .390-caliber handgun under the front seat, they said.
Abdul E. Rahman, 42, of Baltimore was charged with possession of the weapon and transporting the weapon in an automobile. He was being held yesterday on $5,000 bail at the Carroll County Detention Center, police said.
Officer Mitchell said he later stopped a car on Sells Mill Road about 4:30 a.m. Sunday for a traffic violation and arrested two Baltimore men after he recovered six sheets of blotter paper containing the hallucinogenic drug LSD. The sheets contained about 300 doses of LSD, he said.
Eric Jordon, 25, of the 1200 block of N. Calvert St. in Baltimore and Michael Fowler, 18, of Lexington, S.C., were charged with possession of LSD and were being held yesterday on $50,000 bail each.
All three of those arrested were going to or from the rave party in a field near Sells Mill Road, where about 400 people had set up tents. There were 150 to 200 cars were at the rave party, police said.
Taneytown police report increase in drug arrests
Police in Taneytown made more drug arrests through August of 1995 than during all of 1994.
They had made 38 drug arrests through the end of August, well beyond the 31 arrests made in 1994 and more than four times the nine made in 1993.
"There are more illegal drugs here than before, just like everywhere," Police Chief Melvin Diggs said. "We're putting more emphasis on illegal drugs than in the past because now we have some tools to work with. That's causing the arrest numbers to go up."
The department has added a drug-sniffing dog to help make arrests, which typically involve young men arrested with small amounts of cocaine or marijuana, Chief Diggs said.
In a few cases, Taneytown police have found enough drugs to also file distribution charges. Mayor W. Robert Flickinger predicted there will be between 50 and 60 drug arrests this year.
"We're becoming a bedroom community for drug users," Mr. Flickinger said.
Taneytown: Units from Taneytown, Harney, Union Bridge, Emmitsburg of Frederick County and Kingsdale and Littlestown of Adams County, Pa., were dispatched to an apartment fire in the 100 block of Grand Drive at 1:07 a.m. Monday.
Mayberry: Taneytown, Pleasant Valley, Harney, Union Bridge and Westminster engines were dispatched to a report of a fire at Runnymede Elementary School in the 3000 block of Langdon Drive at 11:17 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 21 minutes.
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