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Hagerstown man charged with multiple drug counts

October 27, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

A Hagerstown man was charged Oct. 20 with drug offenses after police found crack cocaine in his possession.

Sean Rueben Barnes, 29, of 792 Frederick St., Apt. 9, was charged with intent to distribute drugs, possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court documents.

Barnes was being held Wednesday night on $400,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, a spokeswoman there said.

On Oct. 20, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force used an informant to purchase crack cocaine from a man in the 900 block of South Potomac Street in Hagerstown. The man who sold the drugs was arrested shortly after and said he had been sent to sell the crack cocaine by Barnes, documents state.

Police began conducting surveillance at a home at 746 Spruce St. in Hagerstown, where the man said he last spoke with Barnes, documents state. Officers later saw a vehicle pull up in front of the home. Officers pulled up beside the vehicle and saw that Barnes was driving, and a woman had gotten into the front passenger seat, documents state.

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Barnes put the vehicle in reverse for about half a block until reaching the intersection of Howard and Potomac streets, documents state. Barnes accelerated and drove directly toward one of the officer's vehicles; the officer had to swerve and stop his vehicle to avoid being struck, documents state.

Barnes continued to drive quickly and turned onto Commonwealth Avenue before being stopped on Bowman Avenue, documents state. Barnes and the female passenger were arrested.

Officers found a plastic bag filled with crack cocaine inside the vehicle, and Barnes and his passenger each had more than $1,000 in cash in their possession, documents state.

The female passenger told officers that Barnes had thrown a bag of cocaine the size of a tennis ball out of the window during the chase, documents state. Police found the bag of cocaine in the area of South Potomac Street near Howard Street, documents state.

Officers also found a second plastic bag containing six individual bags filled with cocaine, documents state.

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