Former basketball star arrested on drug charges

June 23, 1994|By Joe Mathews | Joe Mathews,Sun Staff Writer

Former Westminster High basketball star Calvin L. "Peanut" Warfield, 21, was arrested Tuesday by city police on charges of possession and distribution of drugs.

Documents filed by police in Carroll County Circuit Court charge that Mr. Warfield, who lives in the 100 block of S. Court St., Westminster, used borrowed money to buy a friend $20 worth of crack cocaine Dec. 17.

Based on a Westminster police detective's report that he observed the purchase near the corner of South Court and East George streets, Mr. Warfield was indicted on charges of possession and distribution of drugs on June 1.

Interviewed at her home yesterday, Carmen Warfield disputed allegations that her son is a drug dealer.

Ms. Warfield acknowledged that her son had used drugs, but she said he had recently begun looking to get help for his problem. She said Mr. Warfield had never dealt or distributed drugs.

Since Gregory Lamont Howard, 22, was shot and killed in the same neighborhood Jan. 28, 1993, city and state police have escalated efforts to arrest suspected drug users and dealers in and around Center and Court streets, Westminster Police Lt. Dean Brewer said yesterday.

Mr. Warfield was a close friend of Mr. Howard's and was with him the night he was shot, according to Ms. Warfield.

Lieutenant Brewer said Westminster police have several investigators in the neighborhood "working under surveillance," with one city detective assigned full time to the case.

But Ms. Warfield and other African-American residents interviewed yesterday said the increased police attention to drugs has led some officers to detain young black men without good cause.

Mr. Warfield averaged 17 points a game during his senior season at Westminster High three years ago.

Neighborhood teen-agers yesterday described Mr. Warfield as a likable man who is popular with area youth.

Officials at the Carroll County Detention Center confirmed late yesterday afternoon that Mr. Warfield was being held there, with no bond.

Mr. Warfield was also charged with the armed robbery of an Amoco station in Finksburg on March 27. A cashier who attended school with Mr. Warfield identified him as the suspect, police said.

Carroll County Circuit Court records indicate that a jury trial in that case is scheduled for August.

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