Finksburg man arrested on three drug charges

March 08, 1994|By From Staff Reports

A Finksburg man who allegedly made an obscene gesture at a Westminster police officer Saturday spent the weekend in the Carroll County jail after the officer said he found cocaine in the man's pockets.

Michael Franklin Glacken, 34, of the 1700 block of Deer Park Road was arrested on three charges related to cocaine possession, police said.

Mr. Glacken was a passenger in a van traveling west on East Green Street when he looked toward Officer Scott A. Mitchell and made the gesture, police said. Officer Mitchell, who wrote in his report that the gesture had "drawn this officer's attention," followed the van.

The vehicle crossed a double yellow line once and "touched it several times" before Officer Mitchell pulled it over, the police report said.

Mr. Glacken "was somewhat disturbed by this officer's presence" when the van was pulled over, Officer Mitchell wrote. He asked Mr. Glacken to get out of the van "to maintain a better vigil for officer safety."

As Officer Mitchell searched Mr. Glacken, he noticed a bulge that turned out to be a leather pouch with a small undetermined amount of cocaine, the report said. The officer also found a razor blade and a short straw in the van, the report said.

Mr. Glacken was held on $25,000 bond until a bail hearing yesterday before District Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones. Mr. Glacken posted a $500 surety bond yesterday afternoon and was freed pending trial.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 31.

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