Police charge 24 in sting

March 05, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Police charge 24 in sting

Hagerstown City Police officers posing as drug dealers charged 24 people with drug offenses in a reverse sting conducted in the Westview housing development and North Jonathan Street.

Information about the sting, conducted Feb. 19 and 27, was released Monday.

Charged with one count of possession/purchase of a noncontrolled dangerous substance were:

* Harold Ronald Bean Jr., 28, of 104 Buena Vista Ave.

* William Albert Nelson III, 33, of 130 Fawnhaven Court, Martinsburg, W.Va.

* Ronald Lee Phillips, 33, of 109 Alexander St.

* John Edward Mock Sr., 38, of 206 Norway Ave., Apt. 2.

* Tylena Ann Sigler, 26, of 203 St. Paul St., Boonsboro.

* Cecil Hubert Seal Jr., 37, of 110 E. Chestnut St., Apt. 6, Funkstown.


* Charles Edward Beard Jr., 26, of 221 W. Franklin St.

* Andra Philip Stewart, 45, of 42 East Ave.

* Toby Lee Harris, 20, of 12105 Heather Drive.

* Michael Scott Maus, 28, of 21326 Greenbrier Road, Boonsboro.

* Kent Wesley Bryant, 42, of 1320 Outer Drive.

* Keith Lee Grier, 40, of 400 Fremont St.

* Kenneth O. Mills, 34, of 18636 Carolyn St.

* James Lea Cosner, 28, of 13509 National Highway, Cumberland, Md.

* James Donald Newlin, 39, of 18609 Carolyn St.

* Robert Carlton Norris Jr., 39, of 17926 Garden Lane, Apt. 1.

* Jeffrey Kevin Ray, 33, of 214 E. Franklin St.

* Cathy Lynn Allen, 42, of 12 N. Prospect St., Room 43.

Also charged were:

* Gerald Douglas Dhayer, 46, of Winchester Grade Road, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., possession of marijuana.

* Rhonda Wynette Feiser, 28, of 27 1/2 E. Antietam St., possession of drug paraphernalia.

* Randall Lee Potter, 30, of 706 East A St., Brunswick, Md., possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

* Christopher Scheidegger, 30, of 2658 Tattoo Drive, Chambersburg, Pa., possession of drug paraphernalia.

* Kevin Carl Elliott, 21, of 204 19th Ave., Newark, N.J., possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

* Kendle Lamar Rome, 20, of 1601 18th Ave., Newark, N.J., possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Rome and Elliott each posted a $40,000 bond and have been released, jail officials said.

Before 1989, reverse stings were common tools used by police to discourage the buying of illegal drugs. But that year, a Washington County Circuit Court judge ruled that it wasn't illegal to buy a fake drug.

With that ruling, police began "lacing" the fake drugs with enough real drugs to qualify.

In 1991, the law was changed in Maryland making it a crime to purchase fake drugs, believed to be real drugs, according to Washington County State's Attorney Ken Long.

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