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Three Hagerstown men among four facing weapons, drug charges

November 15, 2006|by DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Four men, three of them from Hagerstown, face drug and weapons charges after they were taken into custody Tuesday morning by Pennsylvania State Police at a car wash in Antrim Township.

Richard Dane Small, 22, of 412 Reynolds Ave.; Luis Alberto DeJesus, 19, of 137 Elm St.; John William Harris IV, 24, of 125 N. Prospect St.; all of Hagerstown; and Eric Jerome Smith Jr., 19, of Columbus, Ohio, were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Richard Alloway. Each was jailed on $100,000 bond, according to Franklin County Prison records.

Each was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, illegal possession of firearms, carrying firearms without a license and receiving stolen property, according to the criminal complaints.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that troopers were passing a car wash at the intersection of Pa. 16 and Grindstone Hill Road at about 1:45 a.m. when they saw three vehicles in the parking lot. One trooper flagged down one vehicle that attempted to leave the parking lot when police arrived.

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Small, who was driving the car, gave police a false name - Devan Amon Allison - and appeared "extremely nervous." Police said a bag of cocaine was seen between the front seats, and the front-seat passenger, DeJesus, had crack cocaine in his pants pocket, records state.

DeJesus was later searched again and police said a large amount of crack cocaine was found down the front of his pants.

Also found in the car was a box of .45-caliber ammunition, but the four men said they did not have a weapon, police said. Behind the car wash, police found two .45-caliber handguns - a Smith & Wesson and a loaded Colt, according to the affidavit.

Although it had been raining most of the night, police said both guns were dry. Police discovered that the Smith & Wesson had been reported stolen in Hagerstown.

While police were talking to the four men in the car, a man and a woman in another vehicle drove up. The man said he had come down from Chambersburg to have the other vehicle follow him back, police said.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that Eric Smith was wanted by Hagerstown City Police on armed robbery and assault charges under the name Brock Smith. The affidavit states all four men in the car "were found to be convicted felons and are not to possess a firearm."

Police said the car they were driving was registered in West Virginia, the complaint states.

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