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Four charged with possession of cocaine Police answer complaint, find drugs, toddler


Four people were arrested on cocaine charges early yesterday after police investigated a complaint about drugs and a 3-year-old child possibly needing assistance at a Westminster apartment.

The child's mother and her boyfriend were allowed to remain with the child but might be charged, said Lt. Dean Brewer, a police spokesman. Brewer did not specify what the charges might be.

Arrested were Deborah L. Waro, 34, of Pikesville; Kevin L. Butler, 43, of Union Bridge; Marvin Powell, 34, of Baltimore; and Billy G. Lee, 31, of no fixed address.

Each was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Waro and Butler were held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bail each.

Powell and Lee were held in lieu of $25,000 bail each. Lee, who formerly lived in Gwynn Oak, also was charged with two counts of giving officers a false name and address.

According to charging documents, Westminster officers received a complaint at 4: 45 a.m. and went to an apartment in the first block of Sullivan Ave. and were permitted to enter.

Three suspects were found in a rear bedroom and a fourth was in another bedroom, police said.

The child, mother and her boyfriend were in the living room, police said.

Paraphernalia was found throughout the apartment, police said, and 17 small bags of suspected crack cocaine were found in a frying pan in the rear bedroom.

Police estimate that the value of the suspected crack cocaine, if sold on the street, is $700.

Pub Date: 12/02/98

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