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Drug net cast in Williamsport

March 13, 1998

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. - At least seven adults and four juveniles were arrested Thursday night in a drug raid that swept through a three-block area of Williamsport and the surrounding area.

The arrests included juveniles between the ages of 12 and 17 and young adults, police said.

Thirty officers, divided into teams, raided seven homes during the sweep. The officers were from the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, Hagerstown Police Department, Maryland State Police, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The raid began at 8 p.m. and continued into the early morning hours.

Cash and drugs, including marijuana seedlings, were confiscated during the arrests made as of 10 p.m.

Most of the drugs confiscated were cocaine and marijuana, said Bob Leatherman, a member of the narcotics task force.

The drug raid capped a month-long investigation by undercover agents who bought drugs and received information from confidential sources, said Sgt. Charles Summers, head of the narcotics task force.

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Officers were seeking nine specific people in the drug raid, including a known crack cocaine dealer from Jonathan Street in Hagerstown, Leatherman said.

According to police, those arrested in the early hours of the raid and the charges against them were:

* Christopher Lee Fraley, 22, of 17745 Virginia Avenue, Apt. 1, Hagerstown, manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

* Timothy Michael Ramsey, 20, of 33 W. Salisbury St., Williamsport, manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

* A 17-year-old juvenile from Frederick, Md., manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Arrests in Williamsport were made at 163 N. Conococheague St., Apt. 14; 153 N. Conococheague St., 106 W. Potomac St.; 42 W. Potomac St.; and 39 W. Salisbury St.

Conviction on a charge of felony distribution or possession of marijuana carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail, said Duane Gigeous, assistant state's attorney.

Conviction on a charge of felony distribution or possession of cocaine is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in jail, he said.

Officers said the drug activity in Williamsport is in part a result of dealers moving out of Hagerstown because of the increase in arrests made there by the new street crime unit.

"They've got quite a nice little operation down here," said Bob Leatherman, a member of the drug task force.

"It's not just on Jonathan Street anymore. It just seems to have spread out. This is a perfect example here tonight," said Washington County Sheriff Charles F. Mades.

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