Four arrested in Berkeley Co. drug bust

March 24, 2006|by ROBERT SNYDER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A drug bust in Berkeley County resulted in the arrest Tuesday of four people following a surveillance and sting operation at a residence south of Martinsburg that police believe was a crack house.

Officers from the Eastern Panhandle Violent Crimes Task Force seized more than 15 grams of crack cocaine and $580 in cash from a house in the 3500 block of Winchester Avenue after perfoming a drug purchase and observing several people leaving the house after staying for a short period between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Dishon D. Thomas, 19, was charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver after police allege they found the money and numerous individually packaged baggies of the drug in the man's pants pocket and sock.

Police said hundreds of smaller baggies used to package narcotics were also discovered in the house.


Thomas, who is being held at Eastern Regional Jail on $200,000 bail, is listed in records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court as having addresses in both New York and New Jersey.

If convicted, he faces one to five years in state prison or $10,000 fine or both on the conspiracy charge, and one to 15 years in prison or $25,000 fine or both on the possession charge.

Also charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance were Sarah E. Day, 19, who was identified as the owner of the house, 30-year-old Frank Baker, of Baltimore, and Sharndip O. Singh, 24, of Martinsburg.

Singh also was charged with transporting a controlled substance after police discovered a small bag of crack cocaine in his clothing during a search after being taken to Eastern Regional Jail, according to police.

Baker and Day are being held at the jail on $100,000 bail. If convicted, they face from one to five years in a state prison or $10,000 in fines or both.

Singh is being held on $200,000 bail. He faces one to five years in prison or $10,000 or both on the charge of conspiracy and one to five years in prison and $15,000 fine or both on the transporting charge if convicted.

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