Police find drugs, gun on school lot

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March 20, 2002

Police find drugs, gun on school lot; 8 students arrested

Anne Arundel County police arrested eight Broadneck High School students yesterday after a police dog detected drugs in cars in the school parking lot, authorities said.

Police said the students were arrested after officers with a police dog found drugs and drug paraphernalia in two vehicles parked in the school's rear lot. At the request of school officials, they searched two other vehicles. In one of the cars, police reported finding a BB pistol. In the other, officers reported finding 19 grams of crack cocaine, valued at $1,900, and a small amount of marijuana. A total of 14.4 grams of marijuana, and alcohol and smoking devices were seized during the searches, police said.

Five students have been charged as juveniles with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Another was charged as a juvenile with possessing a dangerous weapon on school grounds. They were released to their parents' custody.

Two students, Brian Malcolm Smith, 19, of Arnold and Keanndrea Makeea Watts, 18, of Annapolis were charged as adults with possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession with intent to sell both drugs, police said.

Racist fliers in Pasadena, Glen Burnie appear linked

Racist fliers distributed in Pasadena this week appear to be connected to fliers found last month in Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

The eight fliers, put on cars Sunday at the Marley Run Apartments complex, promoted a white-supremacist Web site and denounced African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals, according to police reports. At least one of the fliers was nearly identical to fliers distributed last month in the Cromwell Fountain community in Glen Burnie, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a county police spokesman.

Anyone with information about the distribution of the fliers is asked to call the Eastern District police station at 410-222-6145.

Lothian resident named to preservation board

Lothian resident Jeffrey Griffith has been appointed to the county's Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board, County Executive Janet S. Owens recently announced.

Griffith, the owner of E. Griffith and Sons, holds an associate's degree in farm production and management from the University of Maryland's Institute of Applied Agriculture. He has been a member of the Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau and the Southern States Grain Elevator Committee.

He replaces Floyd Thiel, who resigned from the board. Griffith will serve the remainder of Thiel's term, which ends June 30, and a five-year term that expires June 2007.

The board assists the county executive in preserving farmland and open space.

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