Five face drug charges in Charles Town bust

June 24, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town Police said they searched a house off East Washington Street Monday afternoon and found bags of crack cocaine and a large amount of cash.

Charles Town Police detectives had been investigating the house at 4 Federal Way for the alleged sale of crack cocaine for some time, said Detective Steve Harris.

In the meantime, police received information that a shirt worn by a man who robbed a nearby Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant recently was in the house, Harris said.


Detectives obtained a search warrant for the shirt and crack cocaine and entered the house at about 1:30 p.m., Harris said.

Harris said he could not be more specific about the amount of crack allegedly found.

Five people were in the house when police entered, Harris said.

Charged was a 52-year-old woman, her daughter, two sons and another woman, Harris said.

Harris identified those charged as Vernie Moore, 52; Donna Moore, 32; Michael Moore, 30; and Maurice Moore, 34, who Harris said all lived at 4 Federal Way; and Denise Dominguez, 31, of 404 Evans Ridge Terrace, Leesburg, W.Va.

All five were charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, Harris said.

Donna Moore also was charged with being a fugitive from justice from Virginia for an alleged probation violation and Maurice Moore was on probation for a felony conviction, Harris said.

All five people were being held on bond in the Eastern Regional Jail Monday night. Donna Moore was being held on a $150,000 bond and the others were being held on $100,000 bond each, jail officials said.

A shirt that appeared to be like that worn by the person who robbed the Kentucky Fried Chicken store was found in the house, Harris said.

Last week, police charged William Nelson, 39, no fixed address, with first-degree robbery in connection with the May 29 robbery of Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on East Washington Street, Harris said.

Harris said the two crimes underline the importance of having a detective unit in the city police department to investigate and solve crimes. Both crimes were investigated by the Criminal Investigative Division, Harris said.

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