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Two charged with drug offenses

January 06, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

Two Washington County residents were charged with drug offenses Thursday afternoon after a Hagerstown City Police officer noticed suspicious activity in a pickup truck and stopped to investigate.

Teresa Marie Wetzel, 34, of 11023 Crystal Falls Drive, and Glenn Alan Gaither, 38, of 2 S. Main St., rear, Smithsburg, were each charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs in a school zone, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, according to charging documents.

Nearly a dozen different cocaine smoking devices, several pieces of crack cocaine and $127 in cash were confiscated, police said.

Officer Shawn Schultz was driving northbound on Jonathan Street at 2:16 p.m. Thursday when he saw a pickup truck in front of him, also traveling northbound.

The pickup truck turned east on Charles Street as did Schultz who happened to be traveling in the same direction, according to officers.

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"Then the truck made an abrupt turn to the curb and stopped, almost at Potomac Street," Schultz said. "I stopped at the stop sign and looked in my rear view mirror."

It was then Schultz said he saw the female in the passenger seat leaning over toward the center of the truck and then back up several times, looking around each time, he said.

Schultz, who was in plain clothes and driving an unmarked car, went around the block and returned, parking behind the pickup truck which had not moved, he said.

When Schultz walked up to the passenger side, he saw the woman with a lighter in one hand and two baggies of suspected crack cocaine on the seat by her side, he said.

"I then called for a marked police cruiser," Schultz said.

The woman was asked if she had any drugs on her, Schultz said, and when she pulled out a cocaine smoking device, she was placed under arrest and handcuffed.

The driver, later identified as Gaither, was charged with the same offenses after a blue canvas bag on the seat next to him was found to contain nearly a dozen cocaine smoking devices, police said.

Both were awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner.

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