Man charged with drug possession

State police say they also found gun in vehicle

September 12, 2001

An Owings Mills man was arrested and charged after a police search of a rented vehicle turned up a gun reported stolen in Colorado and crack cocaine, according to state police in Westminster.

About 1:30 a.m. Sunday, troopers saw a silver 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer pull into a closed Mobil gasoline station on Liberty Road in Eldersburg and park, police said.

A check showed the rental agreement for the vehicle had expired last month, but the driver said he had an extension on the agreement, troopers said. As the driver looked for the papers, police observed a suspicious object and searched the car. The search revealed a loaded .38-caliber Taurus revolver, which had been reported stolen from Durango, Colo., on Aug. 27, and 7 1/2 grams of crack cocaine, police said.

Eric Lamont Hinton, 26, of the 10900 block of Huntcliff Drive was charged with possession of a handgun in a vehicle, two counts of theft, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, drug distribution, possession of drug paraphernalia and drug distribution with a firearm involved, according to police. He was being held at the county detention center. Bail was set at $50,000.

A teen-age girl who was in the vehicle, a reported runaway from a Baltimore residential facility, was returned to the facility.

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