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Man faces drug charges

November 29, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A 61-year-old Martinsburg, W.Va., man was arraigned Sunday on a felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and misdemeanor possession of stolen property (firearm), according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Errol Nathaniel Allen, of 625 W. King St., was arrested by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.B. Flanigan just after 3 p.m. in the Knights Inn parking lot off Edwin Miller Boulevard near the law enforcement agency's Martinsburg detachment headquarters, records show.

According to court records, Allen told police Sunday that he "got behind" financially and seized an opportunity to sell crack cocaine to raise money for a nephew who had his own legal trouble.

In his complaint, Flanigan said State Police Sgt. T.C. Kearns earlier had seen Allen in a white Cadillac in the Long John Silver's restaurant parking lot near Knights Inn, but the man was gone when the trooper arrived.

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In pursuit while driving on Warm Springs Avenue to U.S. 11, Flanigan said he saw the Cadillac parked at the hotel in front of Room 121, records show.

Allen was inside the room, but he came out when Flanigan approached the Cadillac and was arrested on an outstanding warrant for possession of a .38-caliber Derringer pistol, records show.

Flanigan said in his report that he found a large amount of cash, including $100 bills and $20 bills, in Allen's pockets and about 15 grams of crack cocaine in a change purse. Two more bags, each containing about one gram of the drug, also were found, Flanigan said.

In the hotel room, police found a razor blade with residue, several empty plastic bags and paraphernalia, Flanigan said. Two cell phones were found in the Cadillac.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies seized the stolen Derringer in April 2005, when they searched an apartment at 2485 Charles Town Road, where police suspected Allen was dealing crack cocaine, records show.

Deputies also found a small amount of cocaine in the apartment, but Allen was not found. A vehicle suspected to be his was parked outside, records show.

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