Three boaters charged with marijuana offenses

August 02, 1993|By Staff Report

Maryland Natural Resources Police arrested three Pennsylvania men on marijuana possession charges late Saturday night, after the U.S. Coast Guard stopped a 20-foot speedboat at the mouth of the Severn River off Horn Point for a boating violation, officials said yesterday.

The operator of the boat, Daniel Quartucci, 53, of Oreland, Pa., was charged with operating a vessel while intoxicated, operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, said John S. Verrico, spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources.

Christopher Dubeck, 31, of Ambler, Pa., and Malcan Miller, 35, Reveose Pa., were charged with possession of marijuana, after marine police found "a small amount of marijuana in a plastic bag, a small pipe and two packages of rolling papers" on the craft, Mr. Verrico said.

All three men were taken to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center. Mr. Quartucci was released yesterday morning on his own recognizance; Mr. Dubeck was released after posting a $1,000 bond; Mr. Miller was released on a $500 bond, Mr. Verrico said.

Mr. Quartucci was not required to post bond because he "has local ties and comes down here every weekend" from Pennsylvania, Mr. Verrico said.

The Coast Guard initially stopped the boat because it was towing a man in an inner tube at night, a boating violation.

They then called marine police, he said.

It was unclear which of the two passengers was in the inner tube, Mr. Verrico said.

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