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Two face drug charges after police investigation

August 01, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two Jefferson County residents face drug charges following a police investigation in which $550 worth of crack cocaine purchases were made in the city.

Cawane Lamar Brown, 21, of 106 Weirick St. in Charles Town, and Brittney Rae Pearson, 18, of 127 W. 6th Ave. in Ranson, W.Va., were arrested Friday, court records said.

Brown was charged with four counts of distribution of a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records. Pearson was charged with one count of distribution of a controlled substance, according to court records.

Brown was being held Tuesday at Eastern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond, and Pearson was being held on $25,000 bond.

In June, authorities learned from a "cooperating witness" that a person by the name of "Q" was selling crack cocaine in the city, Sgt. Chris Kutcher of the Charles Town Police Department said. Police later determined that "Q" was Brown, Kutcher said.

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Kutcher said the witness acknowledged purchasing crack from the suspect and provided the suspect's cell phone number.

A confidential informant began making monitored phone calls to "Q," and the informant was able to make five controlled purchases of crack cocaine between June 22 and Friday, Kutcher said in a criminal complaint.

One of the purchases was made from Brown and Pearson, police said.

Three of the controlled purchases were for $100 each, one was for $200 and one was for $50, Kutcher said. The purchases were at Evitts Run Park along West Washington Street, on North Lawrence Street, at the Liberty gas station at West Washington and South West streets, and CVS Pharmacy on Augustine Avenue, Kutcher said.

After Brown and Pearson were taken into custody, Brown said he was selling drugs since June because he was unemployed, Kutcher said.

Brown said he would buy an "eight ball of crack cocaine," which is about 3.5 grams, for $150 and profit $350.

Cocaine trafficking has been a problem in the city that police say they must constantly battle.

In February, residents in the North Church Street area were so happy over a crack cocaine bust in their neighborhood that they gave the Charles Town Police Department a cake to thank them.

The neighbors were reacting to a culmination of a drug investigation that started last summer and involved five instances where police used a confidential informant to purchase crack cocaine, police said.

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