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Five arrested in Martinsburg drug bust

September 21, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg City Police Department arrested three men and two teenagers Saturday night during a crackdown on drug dealing in the city, according to a press release issued by Detective Sgt. George Swartwood.

Detectives and uniformed officers executed a series of search warrants and made five arrests, mainly for drug offenses, between 6 and 10 p.m. at several locations in Martinsburg, according to the release.

The searches and arrests were part of an ongoing investigation aimed at curbing illicit narcotics sales in the Martinsburg area, the release said.

More arrests are expected, according to the release.

Police seized more than $500 cash and a small amount of suspected crack cocaine from 306 E. Race St., the release said.

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Police found suspected capsules of "speed" amphetamines at 542 Hooge St., according to release.

Arrested in the 500 block of Hooge Street were Nathan William Cook, 46, of 217 Pennsylvania Ave., Martinsburg, and Stephen Gene Christian, 27, of 324 E. Third St., Ranson, W.Va., according to the release.

Cook was charged with delivery of crack cocaine, the release said. His bond was set at $20,000, according to the release. He was being held Sunday night in the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, according to a corporal at the jail.

Christian was charged with failure to appear on charges of brandishing and disorderly conduct, according to the release.

Two 17-year-old Martinsburg boys were arrested on drug-dealing charges in the 100 block of Centre Street, according to the release.

One of the teens was charged with two counts of delivery of crack cocaine, and the other was charged with one count of delivery of crack cocaine, the release said.

Both were being detained at the juvenile detention center in Wheeling, W.Va., according to the release.

Carlos J. Rivera, 28, of 700 Burke St., Apt. 6, Franklin Manor, Martinsburg, was charged with two counts of delivery of an imitation substance, according to the release.

His bond was set at $3,000, the release said. He was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Sunday night, according to a corporal at the jail.

Details of the circumstances surrounding the arrests were unavailable Sunday, according to Sgt. Glenn Macher.

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