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W.Va. man faces second drug charge in three months

January 04, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 61-year-old Martinsburg man arrested in November for dealing crack cocaine faces similar charges this week, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

Errol Nathaniel Allen, 61, of 625 W. King St., Apt. A, was charged Tuesday by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman D.L. English with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

A $100,000 bond was set for the case by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller in an arraignment hearing Tuesday.

Allen was detained Tuesday by Martinsburg Police Department officers in a traffic stop in the 100 block of Maple Avenue, records show.

Police found Allen had $2,161 in cash and a small piece of crack in his possession during the traffic stop, records show.

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Police searched Allen's apartment and found more than 7 grams of crack cocaine, a .38-caliber Colt revolver and ammunition, police said.

After Allen was arrested Nov. 26, 2006, a West Virginia State Police trooper said the accused told him he "jumped on the chance to sell crack cocaine as a one-time thing to raise some money for his nephew's lawyer," records show.

At that time, state police reported seizing more than 15 grams of crack cocaine from Allen, along with two cell phones and other suspected drug paraphernalia commonly used to distribute the drug. Allen was arrested in the Knights Inn parking lot off Edwin Miller Boulevard, records show.

On Dec. 4, in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, Allen waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver filed against him by state police, records show.

The stolen property was a .38-caliber Derringer pistol.

The weapon was found in April 2005 by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies in Apt. 19 at 2485 Charles Town Road, where police suspected Allen had been dealing crack cocaine, records show.

When police arrived to search the residence, they found a small amount of cocaine and the weapon. Allen was not there, but a vehicle suspected to be his was parked outside, records show.

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