Officer serving warrant arrests visitor instead

June 07, 1995

A county police officer serving an arrest warrant on a Severn woman Sunday afternoon arrested instead a man who was visiting her.

Officer Patrick McLaughlin went to the woman's house in the 1700 block of Village Square Court shortly before 1:30 p.m. The woman told him she had documents to prove that the warrant was no longer valid and invited Officer McLaughlin in while she looked for them, police said.

While Officer McLaughlin waited in the living room, he noticed a man sitting on the couch. The man appeared nervous and went to the kitchen. He came back a minute later and sat on a different couch. Officer McLaughlin noticed a pack of cigars and a small cigarette wrapped in a cigar leaf on the couch where the had first sat, police said.

The patrolman questioned the woman, Dane A. Banks, about the cigars and cigarettes. She said they belonged to her guest. Officer McLaughlin looked inside the cigarette and found a substance he believed to be marijuana. It later field tested positive. He arrested the man.

Andre Conrad Tolan, 22, of the 8000 block of Millstone Court in Severn was charged with possession of marijuana, police said. Ms. Banks was not served with the arrest warrant.

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