Undercover narcotics officers staking out Long Point Mall Tuesday night arrested two Pasadena men on drug charges, county police said.
Detectives went to the mall in the 4700 block of Mountain Road after informants told them that drugs were being sold at there. About 8 p.m., the detectives saw a 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass parked on the lot near a telephone booth where several people were standing, police said. They radioed for a marked police car to stop the Oldsmobile after it was driven off.
After a brief chase, the Oldsmobile skidded to a stop on Treetop Road. The driver and passenger jumped out and ran into the woods, police said. The men were caught and arrested, police said. Police said they also found a small amount of marijuana on the front seats of the car.
Charles Vincent Distefano, 20, of the 300 block of Queen Anne Road and Matthew Lonnie Whiteside, 19, of the 8200 block of Fairwood Drive were charged with possession of marijuana. Mr. Distefano also was charged with indecent exposure.
2 men are charged with drug possession
Undercover officers staking out a Freetown apartment complex yesterday morning arrested a New York man and a Florida man on drug charges, county police said.
The officers were investigating drug activity in the apartments on Shirley Murphy Court when they saw a brown Oldsmobile pull onto the parking lot about 1:35 a.m., police said. A man got out, entered a building and came out a few minutes later. He and the driver smoked something in the car, police said.
When the car left, police stopped it because a taillight was out. After getting the driver's permission to search the car, they found a pipe containing suspected crack cocaine on the front seat, police said.
Patrick Steven Dealexandro, 27, of Apollo Beach, Fla. and Marland Dion Brooks, 22, of Elmira, N.Y., were charged with possession of cocaine.
Man sought for paying with counterfeit bill
County police are looking for a man who handed a counterfeit $20 bill to a cashier Tuesday night at Rusty's Pub in the 7300 block of Fort Smallwood Road.
The cashier told police the man came into the bar about 11:25 p.m. and bought a $4.50 six-pack of beer. The man gave Ms. Liberto a $20 bill and left after getting $15.50 in change, police said.
Ms. Liberto noticed that the bill was counterfeit as she was about to put it into the cash register, police said.