Police arrest 3 after search uncovers cocaine residue


County police arrested an Annapolis man and a Churchton couple on drug charges early Saturday after an officer found drugs in the car they were riding in.

According to police, a resident of Chipouras Drive in Edgewater complained shortly after 1:30 a.m. that a red Jeep had driven up and down the dead-end road several times, then headed north on Route 2.

Shortly afterward, an officer who had been alerted that there might be drugs in the car stopped it at Route 2 and Tarragon Lane near Gingerville. The driver and passengers denied having any drugs, and the officer called in a drug-sniffing dog from the Annapolis Police Department.

When the dog indicated that there might be drugs present, the officer searched the car. Police found three pipes that later tested positive for cocaine residue. Tucked inside a canvas bag was a black purse, in which police found two metal pipes with residue that tested positive for cocaine, three small pieces of aluminum foil with residue that tested positive for cocaine and two prescription bottles.

Officers also found 50 plastic tubes in the rear of the Jeep, police said.

Police charged Wilson Craig, 30, of the 200 block of Dubois Road in Annapolis, and Charles Darnell Tyler, 41, and Veronica Lorraine Pratt, 39, both of the 5400 block of Deale Churchton Road in Churchton, with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Raid on Loch Haven home nets two on drug charges

County police arrested two people on drug charges and seized marijuana, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia in a raid Saturday on a house in Loch Haven Beach.

Police obtained search warrants for the house in the 3400 block of South River Terrace after repeated allegations from neighbors about drug trafficking. Police raided the same house in December 1994.

Officers raided the house just after midnight Saturday and found substances that tested positive for marijuana and cocaine, as well as pipes and other smoking devices.

Police charged Ralph Creighton, 41, and Jeanne Marie Mundie, 28, occupants of the house, with possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They also charged Mr. Creighton with maintaining a nuisance property because of the earlier raid.

Mr. Creighton is awaiting trial on charges stemming from that raid.

Annapolis drug store robbed at gunpoint

Two men -- one of them armed -- robbed the Rite Aid store in Parole Plaza in Annapolis Friday of an undisclosed amount of money and more than $100 in merchandise, county police said.

The men walked into the store around 2 p.m. and brought several items to the front register, police said.

One of the men told the clerk he had a gun, pulled up his shirt to show it and demanded money, police said.

The clerk complied, and the robbers fled with cash and $105 in store merchandise, county police said.

1995 Collector's Series ornament is available

The 1995 Collector's Series Christmas Ornament featuring the Captain Salem Avery House Museum is available at the museum gift shop.

The ornaments are $10. The shop, at 1418 Shady Side Road, is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 867-4486.

Donations sought of baby supplies

The Junior League of Annapolis is accepting donations of disposable diapers, baby formula and other infant supplies for its new Emergency Baby Pantry.

Drivers who drop off donations to the Annapolis Car Wash at 1913 Crownsville Road from Wednesday to Jan. 15 will receive car wash discounts. Information: 224-8984.

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