Phoned-in tip leads police to arrest four on drug charges


An anonymous call reporting drug dealing at a McDonald's restaurant in Westminster resulted in the arrests of four Carroll County residents on marijuana--related charges, authorities said.

State troopers arriving at the McDonald's lot at Route 140 and Gorsuch Road Wednesday evening observed a white 1992 Plymouth with a door open and a man walking from the car to a maroon vehicle parked nearby, said Trooper Robert Schoenberger of the state police barracks in Westminster. A driver and two passengers were seen in the Plymouth, police said.

After a dog signaled the presence of drugs in the Plymouth, a search found a small plastic bag of suspected marijuana and rolling papers in the glove compartment, and a blunt - a cigar emptied and filled with suspected marijuana - in a backpack, he said. A laptop computer and $973 in cash also were seized, police said.

All three people in the Plymouth were charged with possession of marijuana. They are Melinda Keeney, 26, of Union Bridge; Terry Brightful, 36, of Westminster; and David Hansbrough, 19, of Union Bridge. Keeney and Brightful also were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and with dealing drugs within a school zone. The lot is within 1,000 feet of Carroll Christian Schools in the 500 block of Baltimore Blvd., police said.

Brightful was charged with possessing stolen property, a computer reported missing from Troy, Mich., Schoenberger said.

A man in the maroon vehicle, Christopher H. Winkler, 22, of Westminster was charged with distributing drugs near Carroll Christian Schools property, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Police said they found 17.7 grams of suspected marijuana during the arrests.

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