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Man faces drug, weapons charges

August 25, 1998

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man faces drug and weapons charges following a sting operation by Martinsburg City Police on Saturday night, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

According to court records, an informant drove into the Centre Street area and attempt to buy a "forty" of crack cocaine.

The informant used recorded currency to pay a man who got into his car $40 for two pieces of suspected crack cocaine, which later tested positive for cocaine in a field test, court records alleged.

Police monitored the purchase physically and electronically, court records alleged.

Police stopped the vehicle under the pretense that the informant was driving without a license, and the seller was ordered out of the car, according to court records.

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When he wouldn't get out, police pulled him out, and a loaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol fell from behind him to the ground, court records alleged.

A check revealed the gun was reported stolen from a Martinsburg man on July 7, court records allege.

William Edward "Billy" Flythe, 25, of 305 E. Burke St., was charged with delivery of crack cocaine, possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, carrying a concealed weapon, second offense, and possession of stolen property, according to court records.

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