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Suspect wanted in drug deal captured

October 29, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - One of two men who fled after crack cocaine was sold to undercover police Tuesday was captured early Wednesday at a convenience store near Hedgesville, W.Va., according to West Virginia State Police.

Police received a call that a person matching the description of one of the suspects was at the Tomahawk Valley Store, said State Police Sgt. Rob Blair.

About eight police cruisers showed up at the store.

"He really didn't have anywhere to go," said Blair.

Jerial Outlaw, 20, of Baltimore, was charged with delivery of crack cocaine and failure to stop for an emergency vehicle, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Police were still looking for the second man on Wednesday.

The incident began about 11:30 a.m. when Martinsburg Police detectives Kevin Miller and George Swartwood and an undercover officer purchased drugs from two men in the parking lot at City Hospital.

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The two men fled in a gold Ford Explorer when they were confronted by an arrest team, police said. Martinsburg officers and state police chased the vehicle to an orchard off Thatcher Road, which turns off Dry Run Road. The men abandoned the vehicle in the orchard and fled, police said.

About 25 officers from Berkeley County searched for the men for about eight hours before calling off the search about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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