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Man's bond upheld in drug distribution case

October 01, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

The $65,000 bond was upheld Monday for a Hancock man facing drug charges, including hiring a minor to distribute crack cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana.

David Allen Huff, 20, of 13328 Vance St., was already being held at the Washington County Detention Center as part of a 60-day sentence in an unrelated case, according to Washington County District Court records.

District Judge R. Noel Spence on Monday upheld Huff's bond on 10 drug charges and a charge of contributing to the condition of a minor, court records state. The bond review was held via a video conference with Huff at the detention center.

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A 17-year-old male juvenile also faces drug charges, including possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana, Hancock Police Chief Donald Gossage said Monday.

The boy also is charged with the burglary of a Hancock restaurant, Gossage said.

On Sept. 10, Hancock police with a warrant searched 104 W. High St. and smelled a strong odor of marijuana, according to charging documents.

Police alleged that Huff put a wallet between the sofa's cushions. Fourteen ecstasy pills, a bag of marijuana and a large rock of crack cocaine were found in the wallet, court records allege. Also in the wallet was a $10 bill folded in a manner consistent with drug sales, court records state.

A bag of marijuana was found inside a bedroom wall, court records state. The bag contained other bags of marijuana in packaging consistent with marijuana sales, court records state.

Also found in the bedroom were more bags consistent with use for drug sales, bowls, pipes, razor blades and other drug paraphernalia, court records state.

Police alleged in court documents that Huff had just picked up the drugs in Hagerstown to deliver to 104 High St.

Court records allege that Huff told police the juvenile sells drugs for him.

Huff was charged with three counts of hiring a minor to distribute drugs, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute ecstasy, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of crack cocaine, possession of ecstasy, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records state.

Huff's preliminary hearing for this case is scheduled for Oct. 24.

On Sept. 25, Spence sentenced Huff to 60 days in the detention center after Huff pleaded guilty to obstructing and hindering a police officer, court records state.

As part of the plea agreement, a charge of making a false statement to a Washington County Sheriff's Department deputy was dismissed in the Aug. 6 incident.

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