Loud muffler leads to drug arrests

April 02, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Two Sykesville residents who police said were riding around Westminster in a car with a loud muffler were arrested Thursday on charges of possessing marijuana and a smoking pipe.

City police said Sgt. Stewart Kozak stopped an automobile in the 100 block of Charles Street at 12:45 p.m. for a muffler violation. He discovered that the license tags on the vehicle belonged to another car.

During the stop, Sergeant Kozak learned that the driver of the car, Beverly Jean Burns, 34, was driving on a suspended license. He told Ms. Burns and the man with her that he had to have the car towed.

He said that as the couple got out of the car, the woman shielded a baby bag close to her and exhibited suspicious behavior. The sergeant searched the bag and found a small amount of marijuana and a pipe, allegedly containing burnt marijuana residue, along with diapers and other items for an infant girl in the car, according to police. The baby was turned over to relatives, police said.

Police arrested Ms. Burns and Anthony Michael Miller, 29, both of the 7400 block of Spout Hill Road, after Mr. Miller allegedly admitted he knew the marijuana and pipe were in the baby bag. Ms. Burns was released on her own recognizance. He was freed on $5,000 bond.

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