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Borough police make crack cocaine arrest

The arrest was the third involving crack cocaine in the last two weeks, police said.

The arrest was the third involving crack cocaine in the last two weeks, police said.

September 05, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Crack cocaine is starting to make inroads in the borough, Police Chief Ray Schultz said Wednesday, and police are stepping up their efforts to root it out.

"It's moving in," Schultz said. "It's new to Waynesboro and we're concentrating on Main Street."

Schultz said police have been getting complaints from residents about street dealing, loitering and trash, especially on Main Street.

The Franklin County Drug Task Force is involved in the drug investigations, which have netted three drug arrests in Waynesboro in the last two weeks, police said.

In the most recent case, borough police on Aug. 29 arrested Maurice A. Alexander, 23, of 8776 Kings Road. He was charged with two counts of delivery and one of possession with intent to deliver, according to court records in District Justice Shirley Shatzer's office.

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According to police, Alexander was picked up on a warrant after being spotted on the corner of West Main and Potomac streets by borough police officers. A warrant on Alexander had been obtained after undercover agents bought crack cocaine from him in July, Schultz alleged.

Police found three pieces of crack cocaine in his pants pocket during a search following his arrest, court records allege.

Alexander is free on $75,000 bond. A preliminary hearing in his case was continued this week, according to court records.

William E. Flood, 20, of 232 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa., was charged with two counts of unlawful delivery of cocaine and one count each of possession with intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy, agents said.

Craig Brian Devlin, 23, of 310 W. 6th St., Waynesboro, Pa., was charged with one count of criminal conspiracy, agents said.

Police, upon learning of drug activity on the corner of North Potomac and West Main streets, set up surveillance teams and sent in a confidential informant to buy the drugs from Flood and Devlin.

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