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February 15, 2006

Hagerstown man faces drug charges



The Washington County Narcotics Task Force charged a Hagerstown man with several drug offenses Monday after a nearly three-month investigation.

Clarence Earl Berry, 28, of 1020 Main Ave., was charged with four counts of drug possession, two counts of drug distribution, three counts of drug possession with intent to distribute and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, Washington County District Court documents state.

A police informant allegedly purchased crack cocaine from Berry on Dec. 2 in the 1500 block of Salem Avenue in Hagerstown, police said.

On Jan. 12, a police informant again allegedly purchased crack cocaine from Berry, this time at the intersection of West Washington Street and Madison Avenue in Hagerstown, police said.

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When Berry was arrested Monday, he was allegedly in possession of crack cocaine, police said. A search warrant was used to search Berry's home on Main Avenue.

Documents state police allegedly found a small amount of marijuana, cocaine residue and nearly $2,000 in cash.

Berry was being held Tuesday night on $500,000 bail at the Washington County Detention Center, a spokeswoman there said.




W.Va. man charged with drug offenses



A West Virginia man was charged with several drug offenses Monday by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force.

Martin Scott Denhardt, 44, of 74 Tamarack St. in Martinsburg, W.Va. was charged with drug distribution, drug possession with intent to distribute and two counts each of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Washington County District Court documents.

A police informant allegedly purchased crack cocaine from Denhardt on Jan. 4, documents state.

Denhardt was arrested Monday on Massey Boulevard. Police, who searched Denhardt's vehicle, allegedly found a glass pipe with crack cocaine residue, documents state.

He was being held Tuesday night on $60,000 bail at Washington County Detention Center, a spokeswoman there said.




Man sentenced on drug charge in W.Va.



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hagerstown man was sentenced Friday in United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Martinsburg.

Lamontez Sentell Lurry, 26, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston said in a written release. Lurry pleaded guilty Oct. 18 to one count of an indictment charging him with distribution of crack cocaine in Martinsburg on May 12, 2003.

Lurry was in possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine base, Johnston said.

Lurry was in federal custody Tuesday.




Man pleads guilty to weapons charge



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Ranson, W.Va., man pleaded guilty Feb. 8 in United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Martinsburg.

Dontrell Curry, 21, of 200 South Marshall St., pleaded guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston said in a written release.

Curry was in custody Tuesday, pending sentencing. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Johnston said.

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