Two arrested on drug charges in Annapolis

Annapolis police arrested two men on drug distribution charges in separate incidents this week.

The first occurred on Monday, the department said, when officers arrested an Annapolis man near the Newtowne public housing complex.

Police said officers were canvassing near the 700 block of Newtowne Drive at 2:50 p.m. for Mario Kaskins, 36, of Annapolis. The department said there was an active warrant for his arrest and he was suspected to be in the area.

Police said the officers saw Kaskins near a parked vehicle and found 29 grams of suspected crack cocaine and a digital scale inside the vehicle. He also had $933, the department added.

Kaskins was arrested and charged with various drug offenses. He was released after posting $20,000 bond Monday.

On Tuesday, police said they arrested a Glen Burnie man who had nearly 50 grams of marijuana on him.

The department said officers were searching the 800 block of Brooke Court around 12:30 p.m. for a man with active warrants when they came upon Howard Stevens, 34, of Glen Burnie. Police said he was standing in a group that included the wanted man.

When officers approached the group, police said they noticed Stevens drop something he was smoking and could smell marijuana.

Officers searched Stevens and police said they found two bags containing 48 grams of marijuana.

He was arrested and charged with drug possession and distribution offenses. He was released on his own recognizance.

Neither Kaskins nor Stevens had attorneys listed as representing them in court records.

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