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Police make four heroin arrests in 7 days in Berkeley

August 23, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An expired motor vehicle inspection sticker led to the arrest Tuesday night of a Berkeley County man who police alleged was in possession of heroin, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

George Irvin LeBon III, 20, of 53 Lillian Way, was charged by West Virginia State Police Trooper M.A. Cole with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, expired motor vehicle inspection, no insurance, no operators permit and obstructing an officer, according to records.

Magistrate Joan V. Bragg set a $55,600 bond for LeBon.

LeBon's arrest along U.S. 11 near Hammonds Mill Road makes him at least the fourth person to be charged with heroin possession in Berkeley County in seven days, according to records.

Also Tuesday, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies R.L. Steerman and T.S. Shetley charged a Martinsburg couple with dealing heroin.

Angie Renee Faircloth, 29, and Jeffrey Wayne McKinney, 34, both were charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute the drug, records show.

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Court records indicate Faircloth and McKinney reside at 1107 1/2 West Virginia Ave., and as of Wednesday night remained in Eastern Regional Jail on $40,000 bonds set Tuesday by Magistrate Harry L. Snow.

Faircloth and McKinney also were detained after a traffic stop. Shetley noted in his complaint that deputies found 12 packets of heroin in the couple's vehicle.

Last week, Christian L. Lanciano of Martinsburg was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance after the vehicle he was driving on Interstate 81 was stopped by police, according to court records.

A K-9 helped sheriff's department deputies recover about five grams of heroin from one of Lanciano's body cavities after the vehicle was stopped, according to court records.

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