Man, woman from Texas arrested on drug charges at Linthicum hotel

September 19, 1995

A man and a woman from Texas were arrested on narcotics charges Saturday at a Linthicum hotel, police said.

Officer Samuel J. Sweet was on patrol near the Susse Chalet Hotel in the 1700 block of West Nursery Road about 5 p.m. Saturday when he stopped to talk to a cabdriver. Officer Sweet said the female passenger seemed nervous. Afterward, the officer asked the hotel clerk about her, police said, and was told she was going to Baltimore-Washington International Airport to pick up baggage that had come on a different flight.

About 10 minutes later, Officer Sweet returned and asked for the woman's room number, police said. The woman let him in and let him to search the room, and Officer Sweet found 30 pounds of marijuana in her suitcase, police said.

The woman told police a friend had asked her to deliver the drugs to a man named Ken. She gave police the man's pager number and told police the man was staying at the hotel. When the man did not respond to the page, officers checked with the hotel clerk and found that the hotel only had one guest named Ken, police said.

Officers talked to the man and found he had the same pager number as the one the woman had given, police said. Police said they seized $4,400 from the man.

Stephanie Onette Barnes, 26, of the 4400 block of Grapevine St. in Houston was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Kenneth Williams, 47, of the 8700 block of East Rylander Circle in Houston was charged with conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute.

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