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Local man faces drug charges in Franklin Co.

September 21, 2007|By DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday charged a Hagerstown man with delivery of cocaine and other drug-related offenses that occurred during the past month.

Joseph Burns, 37, address unavailable, also was charged with criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy, police said. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Todd R. Willams and placed in Franklin County Jail on $50,000 bond, police said.

The state police Vice/Narcotics Unit assigned to the Chambersburg barracks began an investigation Aug. 20 after receiving information that a 29-year-old Greencastle, Pa., woman was selling crack and powder cocaine in the Greencastle area. Police said the woman sold cocaine to undercover troopers on four occasions and learned that her supplier was from Hagerstown.

The investigation concluded Tuesday when Burns went to an address on Grosh Drive in Antrim Township to supply the woman with cocaine, police said in a news release. At the time, he was taken into custody, police said they seized 14 grams of crack cocaine, 6 grams of powder cocaine, a 1994 Mazda minivan and an undisclosed amount of cash.

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Over the course of the investigation, police obtained 51 grams of cocaine, police said.

Police said the woman was under investigation for delivery of cocaine, criminal conspiracy, criminal use of a communication facility and endangering the welfare of a child. A 46-year-old Waynesboro woman was under investigation for obstructing administration of law and hindering apprehension related to the case, police said.

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