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71-year-old Martinsburg woman faces drug distribution charges

January 21, 2006|By ROBERT SNYDER

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -

A 71-year-old Martinsburg woman was arrested Thursday and charged with distributing drugs after being caught allegedly selling crack cocaine from her home.

Mable Irene Curtin, of 93 Tamarack Drive, was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance after allegedly attempting to sell $100 worth of crack cocaine to a police informant under the direction of officers from the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force on Jan. 12.

According to police, Curtin, whose alias is listed in a court document as "Grandmom," allegedly arranged by phone for the drugs to be purchased by the informant to be brought to her house, as well as drugs that were to be sold to another person. At the time of the informant's arrival at Curtin's house, she already was on the phone attempting to secure the drugs for the person, according to police.

Curtin asked the person on the phone to bring $150 worth of drugs to her house, and later told the informant the drugs would be arriving "in a matter of minutes," according to a police report of the incident.

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Task force officers recorded and monitored the purchase moments later when a man arrived at Curtin's house to deliver the drugs, according to police.

Curtin was arraigned on $100,000 bail Thursday by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan Bragg. If convicted, she could face from one to 15 years in a state penitentiary and/or up to a $25,000 fine.

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