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Wake-up call results in drug charges for pair

April 16, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two people were charged with drug-related offenses Tuesday after police officers called to a hotel found cash and drugs inside a room, according to court records.

Elliot Rivera, 29, of Greencastle, Pa., who signed his name on court paperwork as Elier Barreto, was charged with one felony count of possession of drugs with intent to deliver. Charged with the same offense was Sara Catherine Lane, 18, of Henson Boulevard in Falling Waters, W.Va.

After deputies with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department went to the Super 8 motel on Edwin Miller Boulevard Monday to handle an unrelated report of a fight, the hotel's manager asked if they would help rouse two guests, who were supposed to leave more than nine hours earlier.

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The manager told police she tried to wake the two, and thought they were dead until she saw them breathing, records show. It took police more than five minutes to wake up Rivera and Lane, records show.

In the room, police found eight small bags of cocaine weighing 2.7 grams, burnt marijuana, pills and $1,015. Inside Lane's car, police found razor blades, a measuring scale and a nearly empty box of sandwich bags, records allege.

After he was taken into custody, Rivera dozed off and was unresponsive, prompting police to call an ambulance. He was kept in the hospital under guard for several hours, police said.

Conviction on a charge of possession with intent to deliver carries a prison sentence of one to 15 years.

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