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Five arrested in W.Va. drug sweep

January 27, 2006

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Five people were arrested Thursday in Martinsburg, W.Va., on arrest warrants from four separate indictments returned by a Federal Grand Jury in Martinsburg.

Thirteen people were indicted on charges contained in separate conspiracies to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine in the Martinsburg area, United States Attorney Thomas E. Johnston said in a written release. The indictments include charges of possession of crack cocaine and distribution of drugs, sometimes within 1,000 feet of a school, which doubles the penalties, he said.

The people arrested were:

  • Darryl Fontane Clinkscale, 21, also known as "D-Nice."

  • Gretchen Anne Derfler, 39, of 52 Picture Mountain Drive in Martinsburg.

  • Shelly Lynn Rogers, 36.

  • David Edward Taylor, 20, also known as "T-Bone."

  • Christopher K. Turpin, 20, also known as "New York."


Officials with the attorney's office Thursday were unavailable to provide some addresses.

William Ambrose Stewart, 44, was named in the indictments, but is in police custody on unrelated charges, Johnston said.

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Police are still searching for others named in the indictments:

  • James Edward Brown, 51, of 52 Capital Drive in Martinsburg.

  • Shirley Marie Chapman, 49, of 52 Capital Drive.

  • Stephanie Shanholtz Hockman, 33, also known as "Stephanie Shanholtz," "Misty Mills" and "Crystal White."

  • Bernard L. Holiday, 33, also known as "Doc Holiday," of 720 Aztec Way in Martinsburg.

  • Cecil Ray Jr., 27, also known as "Esco," of 5911 Baynton St. in Philadelphia.

  • David Anthony Richardson, 20, also known as "Sonny," of 662 Faulkner Ave. in Martinsburg.

  • Jason Christopher Wheatley, 22, also known as "J-5."


The cases were investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Berkeley County (W.Va.) Sheriff's Office. The United States Marshal Service assisted in Thursday's arrests, Johnston said.

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