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Two nabbed in controlled drug buy

March 05, 2005

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two people were charged Friday in connection with a controlled purchase of crack cocaine in the north end of Martinsburg, and weapons and drug paraphernalia were seized in a separate incident Friday, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

Marcus Gerard McCrary, aka Pretty, 32, of 1906 Leonard Ave. in High Point, N.C., was charged with delivery of a controlled substance - crack cocaine, police said.

Deborah Colleen Washington, of no fixed address in Martinsburg, was charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance - crack cocaine - and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance - crack cocaine, police said.

Both the controlled buy and the search warrant were part of an ongoing drug investigation, police said.

Approximately 1 to 11/2 grams of crack cocaine were bought from two people, according to a police news release.

After the controlled buy, the suspects' pickup truck was stopped in the 400 block of East Burke Street and they were arrested, police said. Police then found approximately 3 grams of crack cocaine on Washington, police said.

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Martinsburg Police detectives and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force arrested them after a controlled buy in the area of Gussie Avenue, Jump Street and Teneno Street on Friday about 1:43 p.m., police said.

Around 5 p.m., Martinsburg detectives and the Special Response Team executed a search warrant, issued mainly for illicit drugs, at 219 Frederick St. in Martinsburg, police said.

A .22-caliber Derringer, a loaded 100-shot magazine, a .22-caliber Calico semiautomatic rifle and drug paraphernalia were seized, police said.

Several people were at the home when the search was conducted, but no one was arrested, police said.

McCrary and Washington were being held Friday night at Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond each, officials said.

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