Officers arrest four men on drug charges

April 05, 1996

The driver of a 1984 Ford Bronco tried to run down a county police officer who approached him as he and three passengers drove up to a suspected crack house on Marley Neck Road early yesterday, authorities said.

Officers arrested Joe S. Lewis, 39, of the 800 block of Herndon Court, Baltimore; Milton M. Spence, 28, of the 2500 block of Keyworth Ave., also of Baltimore; Darwin McClinton, 36, of the 100 block of Warwickshire Lane, Glen Burnie; and William Armentrout, 30, of the 8000 block of Lockwood Road, Pasadena.

They were charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Mr. Armentrout, the driver, also was charged with assault with intent to murder. No bail information was available.

Officers Roger Crawford Jr. and Franklin Lawson Jr. were staking out a suspected crack house in the 300 block of Marley Neck Road about 1: 30 a.m. when they saw the Bronco pull into the driveway and its lights go off. When the officers approached the Bronco and identified themselves, the driver drove off, nearly striking Officer Lawson, who jumped away, police said.

The Bronco stopped and all four occupants jumped out. The officers arrested them and found small amounts of what tested positive for marijuana and heroin and 29 plastic bags of what tested positive for crack cocaine, police said.

Pub Date: 4/05/96

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