Two men charged in Silver Spring with drug possession, stealing license plates

Two men charged in Silver Spring with drug possession, stealing license plates

Vehicle was reported stolen in Baltimore

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Two men arrested in Silver Spring this week have been charged with stealing license plates and with possession of crack cocaine, Montgomery County police said.

Mateo Reyes-Vanega, 18, and Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria, 27, both of Baltimore, were in an Acura on Sept. 23, police said in a press release Friday. Police said an officer saw the Acura driving erratically on southbound U.S. 29.

The Acura turned left on Georgia Avenue from the wrong lane and ran a red light at the Ellsworth Drive intersection, police said. When the officer tried to stop the Acura, it sped away.

Police said the officer checked the license plate of the Acura and determined that it was reported stolen in Baltimore City. Police chased the Acura north on Georgia Avenue until it hit a curb near the entrance to the Beltway and broke down.

Police arrested Reyes-Vanega first and later arrested Vasquez-Chavarria after a foot chase.

Police said they found crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, two stolen license plates from the Baltimore area, a vehicle part and other tools commonly used in thefts.

Both men had warrants from a neighboring jurisdiction for other crimes, police said.

Reyes-Vanega and Vasquez-Chavarria were both charged with two counts of theft of less than $100 and one count each of theft of $1,500 to $100, possession of burglary tools, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Reyes-Vanega was released on $2,500 unsecured bond.
No court date or attorney information was listed in the state’s court database for either of the men as of Friday afternoon.

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