A tip from an observant passer-by Wednesday led to drug charges against a pair of Gardiner residents.

Gardiner Police Chief James Toman said his office received a call a little before 11 a.m. about suspicious activity at the waterfront. The caller said two people were sitting in a car.

Toman and Officer Samuel Quintana went to the park and found a man and juvenile female sitting alone in the car.

“We were able to observe evidence of illegal drug activity,” Toman said.

Police found the pair with marijuana and paraphernalia, Toman said.

A 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, both from Gardiner, were each issued civil violations of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were issued a notice ordering them to stay off the waterfront property for a year, Toman said.

Police contacted the girl’s parents.

Toman praised the passer-by, who not only noticed the suspicious behavior but took the time to call police.

“That’s what we want,” he said. “We need people who see something to say something. In this case, we were able to get down there and take the appropriate action.”

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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