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Judge suppresses evidence in drug case

July 25, 1997

Prosecutors have 15 days to appeal Friday's decision by Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III throwing out a large quantity of drugs as evidence in a case.

Shoney Rhett Reasner, 22, of 59 E. Antietam St., was charged Oct. 27 with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine, marijuana and other drugs, according to court records.

Assistant State's Attorney Andrew Kramer said Hagerstown City Police approached Reasner's residence on a stairway leading to a back door while investigating an unrelated felony.

"All the drugs were in plain view through a window," Kramer said.

When Reasner was arrested, police confiscated $1,500 worth of cocaine, 107 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, a quarter-pound of marijuana and $190 in cash, according to court records.

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Wright suppressed the evidence of the drugs because Reasner had a reasonable expectation of privacy in his home, Kramer said.

Kramer argued that the stairway was a common area and the drugs were in plain view.

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