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Public aids in arrest of drug suspect

July 27, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Tips from the public helped authorities catch a man named in a federal drug indictment, a law enforcement official said Friday.

Clyde Everett Brown Jr., 29, of 121 Centre St., Martinsburg, was taken into custody about 4:45 p.m. Friday, said Jeff Stine, the deputy in charge of the United States Marshals Services' office in Martinsburg.

On Thursday, newspapers published photos of three drug-crime suspects who authorities said were at large, including Brown.

Phoned-in tips led authorities to the 700 block of South Raleigh Street, where they apprehended Brown, Stine said.

Brown was one of 18 people named in four federal drug indictments handed up in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg on July 9.

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U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston said a three-year investigation into drug sales in the Centre Street area resulted in the indictments.

The indictments alleged numerous drug crimes, mostly involving cocaine and crack cocaine, going back as far as seven years.

Ten people were arrested within three days after the indictment. Three other people were already in custody.

When Johnston announced the indictments and the arrests on July 11, authorities had not found five of the people. Stine said Friday that two of those five - Anthony Curry, 20, of 305 E. Liberty St., Apt. 1, Martinsburg, and Antoine Darnell Lane, 22, of 306 E. Race St., Martinsburg - were arrested within a few days after the announcement.

Friday's arrest of Brown means that 16 of the 18 people named in the indictments are in custody.

Authorities are still searching for two people: Paul Lee Jackson, 33, of 1401 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, Pa., and Julian Demont Pace, 27, of 319 Boyd Ave., Martinsburg.

Anyone with information can call the anonymous Berkeley County Crime Solvers line at 304-267-4999 or the Marshals office at 304-267-7179. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the apprehension of the missing men.

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