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'Flash-bang' search of city residence leads to multiple drug charges

September 16, 2007

A Hagerstown man was charged Saturday with multiple drug counts after agents performed a search at his residence, according to a Washington County Narcotics Task Force press release.

Thomas Ryan Weakley, 21, of 13403 Keener Road, was charged with two counts each of distribution of heroin and possession with intent to distribute heroin, three counts of possession of heroin, and one count each of possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of a regulated firearm in a drug trafficking crime, Sgt. Mark Holtzman said.

On Saturday at 6 a.m., task force agents and the Special Response Team entered the home in Hagerstown's North End, looking for a man believed to be selling heroin from the residence, Holtzman said.

Once inside, agents found heroin needles, scales and cocaine paraphernalia in the resident's bedroom, as well as an assault weapon and loaded magazines, Holtzman said.

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Knowing that the residence was protected with surveillance cameras, agents used "flash-bang" devices to disorient anyone who might have been inside the home as they entered, Holtzman said. "Flash-bang" devices are designed to simulate shotgun blasts.

Weakley wasn't home, but was found in the downtown Hagerstown area a short time later and taken into custody without incident, Holtzman said.

At least two controlled buys of heroin allegedly occurred during an investigation over a several-month period, Holtzman said.

Weakley was in custody Saturday night at the Washington County Detention Center awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner, a jail spokesman said.

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