2 arrested in park on marijuana charges

September 17, 1996

Officers from the Carroll County Sheriff's Drug Strike Force arrested two men on marijuana charges after stopping a car in Patapsco Valley State Park about 4 p.m. Friday.

Officers seized 4 ounces of marijuana, scales, rolling paper and a plastic bag with paint allegedly used for inhaling, said Sheriff John H. Brown.

Brown said the officers who stopped the car were acting on an informant's tip that a Marriottsville man was transporting marijuana two or three times a week to Eldersburg and Westminster.

The driver, Melville P. Mason Jr., 19, of the 7400 block of Brangles Road in Marriottsville, and a passenger, Russell F. Buckingham III, 19, of the 3500 block of Oxwed Court in Westminster, were arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and inhaling a dangerous substance.

Mason is being held on $50,000 bail at the county Detention Center.

Buckingham was released on an unsecured $10,000 bond.


Westminster: Firefighters responded at 7: 21 p.m. Sunday to an automobile fire in the first block of N. Tannery Road. Units were out one hour.

Reese: Firefighters from Gamber assisted Reese at 6: 05 p.m. Saturday at a house fire on Gores Mill Road at Ivy Mill Road. Units were out 23 minutes.


Westminster: A resident of Ridge Road told police that someone stole property from her yard Sunday. The loss was estimated at $500.

Westminster: A resident of Royer Road told police that someone damaged her vehicle while it was parked outside her home Saturday. Damage was estimated at $374.

Westminster: A resident of West George Street told police that her purse was stolen from her vehicle Friday while it was parked near a convenience store on East Main Street. The loss was estimated at $203.

Westminster: A Baltimore woman told police that the hood and windshield of her vehicle were damaged while it was parked Friday on Liberty Street. Damage was estimated at $1,000.

Westminster: A resident of Lincoln Road told police that a window was broken on her vehicle while it was parked outside her home Thursday. Damage was estimated at $100.

Pub Date: 9/17/96

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