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Fugitves captured hiding in Hagerstown attic

July 10, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two fugitives wanted by authorities for allegedly dealing significant amounts of crack cocaine were found Friday hiding in an attic in Hagerstown, according to a U.S. Marshals Service news release.

Kyle Justin Coleman, 23, and Tyshee Johnson, 22, of Hagerstown, were wanted on warrants charging them with conspiracy to distribute in excess of 50 grams of crack cocaine and four other counts of distribution of crack cocaine, officials announced.

Coleman and Johnson were being sought by the U.S. Marshals Service's Fugitive Task Force in a case investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, officials announced.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service's United Fugitive Apprehension Posse had been looking for Coleman and Johnson since January. The two were found in a residence off White Pine Drive, authorities said.

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A third individual at the home, Irwin Redding, 23, of New York, was taken into custody by the Washington County Sheriff's Department on separate charges. Two firearms, one of them stolen, were seized along with a small quantity of narcotics, according to the news release.

Coleman and Johnson were among the Eastern Panhandle's "10 Most Wanted" according to a list maintained on the Martinsburg Police Department's Web site, http://martinsburgpd.org

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