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Five are charged in cases linked to crack distribution

January 06, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Members of the Martinsburg Police Department and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force this week arrested at least five people in Martinsburg allegedly linked to crack cocaine distribution, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

On Friday, Martinsburg Police Department Detective Sgt. G.B. Swartwood announced the arrest of a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy on Thursday night after authorities seized about 50 "small plastic squares containing crack cocaine" from the bathroom of a residence at 105 Ramer Court.

Curtis Dorian Mitchell, 19, of Baltimore, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to court records.

The 16-year-old boy, also from Baltimore, was charged with obstructing police. He later was released to the custody of his parents, Swartwood said.

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The drugs that were found were in a cooler, and police also found weighing scales and packaging materials used for drug distribution in the home, according to court records.

Also Thursday night, Swartwood said officers seized a "significant in size" piece of crack cocaine from an apartment at 416 Winchester Ave., and court records show two men suspected of dealing the drug from the residence were arrested.

Clevon Tyrone Harrison, aka "Black," 27, of no fixed address, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to court records. Harrison apparently attempted to flush a bag of crack cocaine in an apartment toilet where officers caught up with him, according to records.

Michael Emanuel Graham, 31, of no fixed address, also was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to records.

Graham's arrest happened after task force members met with a "cooperating individual" on Wednesday who agreed to make a drug purchase while outfitted with a transmitter and a body recorder, according to court records.

The police provided the individual with $100 in cash to buy the drug, which culminated with the identification of Graham as the alleged dealer after the transaction happened, according to records.

Swartwood wasn't available Friday to clarify whether the Thursday arrest of a Kearneysville, W.Va., woman was related to the police actions taken at the Ramer Court and Winchester Avenue homes.

Lakisha Michelle Lockley, 25, of 729 Fox Glen Drive in Kearneysville, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine) after police stopped the vehicle she was driving at the intersection of Adams Street and Hess Avenue, according to a complaint filed by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman E.C. Neely.

Lockley was found in possession of 2.3 grams of the drug, according to the complaint. The street value and total amount of crack cocaine seized in the arrests was not immediately available.

Mitchell, Harrison and Graham were being held Friday night at the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg. The bail for each was $25,000.

A jail spokesman said there was no record that Lockley was there.

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