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Nine charged in W.Va. drug arrests

March 05, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Nine local people have been arrested on various drug charges - mostly distribution of cocaine - following a two-month investigation by the Charles Town Police Department, department officials said Tuesday.

The nine arrested were indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury last month, Charles Town Detective Steve Harris said. The last person was picked up by police Saturday night, Harris said. One of the nine people arrested was a 17-year-old, who is not being identified because of his age. The teenager was charged with distribution of marijuana, Harris said.

According to police, those others arrested and their charges included:

  • Guy McDaniel, 44, 150 W. Academy St., Charles Town. Distribution of powder cocaine and distribution of powder cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school.

  • Lionel Walker, also known as "Nuppie," 51, 118 Weirick St., Charles Town. Distribution of crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school.

  • Jodi Caison, 34, 609 Summers Court, Ranson, W.Va. Distribution of crack cocaine, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute crack.

  • George Stillions, 44, 401 S. Mildred St., Ranson. Distribution of crack and conspiracy to distribute crack.

  • Angel Gonzalez, 21, also known as "Genito Carr" and "Toe," 3 Rosewood Court, Ranson. Distribution of crack and distribution of crack within 1,000 feet of a school.

  • Matthew Smith, 22, also known as "Macky," 200 S. Marshall St., Ranson. Distribution of crack and distribution of crack within 1,000 feet of a school.

  • Shawn Day, 19, 532 Morrison St., Charles Town. Distribution of marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

  • Sean Carner, 18, Route 3, Box 900, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Distribution of marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.


Charles Town has had problems with drug trafficking in the past, but Police Chief Mike Aldridge said the situation has improved significantly in recent years.

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At the same time, drug trafficking is something the police department always will fight, Aldridge said Tuesday.

"Thank God I have an investigative division. When we were smaller, we could not do this," said Aldridge, referring to the drug investigation and the preparation it requires.

There are three detectives who handle investigations at the police department, and some uniformed officers helped in the latest probe, Harris said.

Drug sales were going on throughout town, sometimes in homes, Aldridge said.

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