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Two face heroin charges

Troopers made arrests after they received a complaint about drug activity in Charles Town restaurant parking lot.

Troopers made arrests after they received a complaint about drug activity in Charles Town restaurant parking lot.

August 28, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two Virginia residents were arrested Monday after West Virginia State Police found 13 packets of suspected heroin in a car parked at the Long John Silvers restaurant in the Charles Town Plaza, police said.

Troopers went to the restaurant after receiving a complaint about drug activity in the parking lot.

After arriving at the restaurant along U.S. 340 north of Charles Town, Trooper T.J. Mikell said he noticed a woman sitting in the passenger seat and trying to cover up something on the floor.

Mikell noticed part of a syringe and two zip-lock baggies on the floor, according to allegations in Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

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Mikell asked the woman where the heroin was and she revealed a pill bottle containing 13 packets of suspected heroin inside, court records alleged.

When Mikell asked if there was more, the man pulled out two syringes, one empty and one containing suspected liquid heroin, court records allege.

Megan Hughes Hill, 22, and Joshua M. Case, 21, were charged with possession of heroin, according to court records.

Hill and Case, both of 600 W. 11th St., Front Royal, were being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night on $10,000 bond each.

Last year, health care officials in Berkeley and Jefferson counties said they were seeing a marked increase in the use of heroin, which is extremely addictive and can be deadly.

Substance abuse specialists at EastRidge Health Systems in Martinsburg said they used to field one or two calls a week from people seeking help from heroin abuse.

That number had risen to up to seven calls a week, EastRidge officials said in February of 2001.

Although he did not have any figures, Mikell said Tuesday he is seeing a lot of heroin this year.

In cities like Baltimore, there is so much heroin being used that police will simply throw the drug away and let violators go if it is a small amount, Mikell said.

"I've got more heroin this year than I have in the past three years combined," said Mikell.

"They're blatant about it," Mikell, referring to users of the drug. "The stuff is just laying out."

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