State police drug unit arrests four in raid on Finksburg home

Residents face charges of intent to manufacture, distribute marijuana

February 28, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Four Finksburg residents -- a father, mother, son and the son's girlfriend -- were arrested on marijuana charges Thursday after a state police drug unit raided their home and ended a nearly two-year investigation, authorities said.

According to court documents, Thomas Charles Crawford, 51, Brenda Asinett Crawford, 47, Shaun Michael Crawford, 20, and Angela Hope Fringer, 22, were charged with possession with intent to manufacture and distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of parapher- nalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

All live at the residence in the 1700 block of Doe Drive, police said.

Seized in the 7: 15 a.m. raid were nine marijuana plants; a half-pound of marijuana; 4 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, which are hallucinogenic; a tank of nitrous oxide; numerous items that can be used to grow marijuana and a 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck, said Detective Sgt. Douglas R. Wehland, spokesman for the drug unit.

He said nitrous oxide is commonly called laughing gas and can cause hallucinations.

The drug unit was assisted by uniformed troopers from Westminster, a police dog and Tfc. Nick Over, the dog's handler, Wehland said.

"The seizure was significant, even if the amount of marijuana recovered is not," Wehland said. "We have had tips about an illegal drug operation at that house for about two years."

Information obtained recently by Tfc. Padriac Lacy, a criminal investigator at the Westminster barracks, supported the previous tips and proved to be the missing link in the investigation, Wehland said.

Later Thursday, Thomas Crawford was released on a $10,000 property bond. Brenda Crawford, his wife, posted a $10,000 cash bond. Shaun Crawford, the son, was released on a $5,000 bond, and Fringer was freed on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Pub Date: 2/28/99

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