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Porch, Rearview, Pedestrian Lead HdG Police to Drug Arrests

The Havre de Grace Police Department made five drug-related arrests this week in separate cases.

Two Havre de Grace residents were charged with possession of marijuana after an officer saw them do a "hand-to-hand buy" at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, according to police. 

On Nov. 6, a Havre de Grace police officer on patrol reportedly observed Jamar Terrell Coleman, 23, sitting on a front porch on the 600 block of Congress Ave., when a juvenile approached him, sold him something and walked away.

“The juvenile was later charged with possession of…marijuana and released to his mother,” Julie Morgan, spokeswoman for the Havre de Grace Police Department, told Patch.

Coleman, of the 400 block of Battery Dr., was charged with possession of marijuana and taken to the Harford County Detention Center, according to Morgan. 

The previous day, a Conowingo man was also arrested on drug charges in Havre de Grace.

At 11:08 a.m. on Nov. 5, an officer pulled over a man for driving with too many things hanging on his rearview mirror on the 1200 block of Pulaski Hwy., Morgan said. 

The officer noticed the driver, Duane Allan Duncan, 22, of Conowingo, was “a bit slow in his speech,” said Morgan, so the officer called for a K-9 to sniff the car; after the K-9 alerted officers to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, police said they found marijuana and synthetic drugs.

Duncan was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled and dangerous substance and possession of a synthetic controlled and dangerous substance.

Police charged a Bel Air woman with possession of paraphernalia Thursday.

Melisa Madeline Cassel-Kozlowski, 37, of Bel Air, was pulled over on the 700 block of Tydings Rd. for driving on a suspended license, according to police. 

During the traffic stop, which occurred at 11:48 p.m. on Nov. 1, officers located a glass pipe, said Jeff Gilpin, spokesman for the Havre de Grace Police Department.

The previous day, on Halloween, the Havre de Grace Police Department made another drug-related arrest of a Harford County citizen.

Officers stopped Tracy Scott, 21, of Edgewood, at 1:56 p.m. on Wednesday for walking on a travel portion of the roadway on the 100 block of Seneca Ave., said Gilpin. Subsequently, she was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

Molly O'Brian November 08, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Please understand that I am not objecting to the drug arrest. But really, "Officers stopped Tracy for walking on a travel portion of the roadway on the 100 block of Seneca Ave.?" Isn't that a trumped up stop? How about all the tourists who walk down the middle of St. John or Washington? Just seems a little heavy handed on the part of the police.
bill November 08, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I was thinking the same thing. I see why the law exists but on Seneca ave that is definitely a trumped up stop. On top of that, it was for MJ, on top of that, she was arrested and charged, then this website published the whole thing. Publicity of the issue would be good if it led to any change, but it wont. I have always thought HdG police are a little too predatory. (kudos for keeping crime down)
Hollee Sifford November 09, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Well I am sure the arrests were "LEGAL" Just thankful 5 drug dealers are off the streets..Seems like drug deals are becoming more and more out in the open lately..someone might want to tell the dealers CLOLRADO passed the law..NOT maryland..tehetehe
Cheryl Strader November 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM
If one does not use ILLIGAL drugs, carry them on their person or in their vehicals - then there is no problem. Thank you Havre de Grace Police Offerces for doing a great job.
Andrew November 09, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I'm just curious as to how "walking on a travel portion of the roadway on the 100 block of Seneca Ave" constitutes probable cause for a search? Our civil liberties are being eroded daily and all most people can think is "Hurray - we're safe from the dopers!!!" without considering how these types of police tactics may be used against them. As mentioned in another comment, evidently we are all now fair game for "lawful" detention and search for simply walking down the streets.
Katie November 09, 2012 at 01:36 PM
In like a lion, out like a lamb ~ ready to party, ready to ja- nevermind, I'm in jail
Todd M. Lynch November 09, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Its illegak to walk in the travel portion of the roadway especially when there is a sidewalk? How is this heavy handed? The officer probably stopped to let her know, she gave the officer a hard time, the officer detained her to issue a citation and in the process of conducting a safety pat down, most likely found the contraband. TEXT BOOK POLICE WORK. I was involved in law enforcement for 10 years and I know the procedures. Don't break the law and your name won't be on here.
Todd M. Lynch November 09, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Its illegal to walk in the travel portion of the roadway especially when there is a sidewalk! How is this heavy handed? The officer probably stopped to let her know, she gave the officer a hard time, the officer detained her to issue a citation and in the process of conducting a safety pat down, most likely found the contraband. TEXT BOOK POLICE WORK. I was involved in law enforcement for 10 years and I know the procedures. Don't break the law and your name won't be on here.
Jacqueline Logan Witt November 09, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Since O'Malley said that Marylander's lead the way in this country, it shouldn't be too long until pot is legal here as well as other states that will soon follow suit. What will all the gang members do then who profit from the illegal sale of pot? Who will fill our jails and our courtrooms? What will our law officers do then? Seriously... can you imagine? It's only a matter of time, folks.
dj March 09, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Ok you was a dispatcher hmm security guards got more power I'm going to ask what race was all of the people mentioned in the above nuff said that's the only reason they was stopped

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