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Bonds set for men facing drug charges

February 04, 1998

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

Bonds were set for people charged with drug violations during recent drug surveillance operations by the Hagerstown Police/Narcotics Task Force street crimes unit.

Billy Rod Smith, 27, no fixed address, and Ayana Simone Nester, 19, of 843 W. Washington St., each were charged with manufacture/distribution of illegal drugs, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of fake drugs/paraphernalia and conspiracy to distribute drugs.

Officers assigned to the street crimes unit were in the 900 block of Lanvale Street around 11:52 p.m. Saturday when they saw a man roaming the neighborhood, stopping occasionally to buy drugs, according to court records.

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A woman also seen in that area was taken into custody after she was seen selling drugs to an undercover informant, according to court records.

Nester was being held Wednesday at the Washington County Detention Center on $35,000 bond. For Smith, who was on probation for a prior drug offense, bond was set at $250,000, according to court records. He was also being held Wednesday.

On Jan. 29, officers assigned to the combined street crimes unit also took a 21-year-old Hagerstown man into custody on the same five charges, according to court records.

Mario Antoine McCrary, of 457 W. Washington St., Apt. 3, was being held on $60,000 bond Wednesday.

An undercover officer drove to the Jonathan Street area around 9:45 p.m. Jan. 29 and was approached by a man who offered to sell him $40 worth of cocaine, according to court records.

The officer drove the man to a North Jonathan Street address, where the man got out of the car, reached under a bush in the yard of that home, got something and then put something back under the bush, according to court records.

The transaction was made for two pieces of suspected crack and the man walked away.

He was taken into custody by other members of the crime team, according to court records.

A plastic cigar holder containing pieces of suspected crack was found under the bush. More than $1,330 in cash was found in the man's sock when he was searched, according to court records.

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