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Three face drug charges in Martinsburg

January 11, 2008|By

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? A Martinsburg man and a Purcellville, Va., woman were in Eastern Regional Jail on Friday on drug charges, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Carl Elliot Hanna Jr., 30, of 123 Centre St. in Martinsburg, was arraigned Thursday on charges of possession of heroin and crack with intent to deliver both drugs and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, according to court records.

Magistrate Sandra L. Miller set a $110,000 bond for Hanna, whose mobile phone rang "numerous" times while in police custody, according to complaints filed by Martinsburg Police Department patrolmen D.L. English and D.P. North.

Miller set a $60,000 bond for Laura Marie Hite, 27, who was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, court records show.

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The officer arrested the couple after initially making a traffic stop at the intersection of North High and East Martin streets in Martinsburg. Hite was driving a white Dodge Neon and appeared nervous.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 11 packages of heroin, two packages of crack cocaine, a crack pipe, a needle and $86 in cash, according to the officer's complaints.

Police said Hanna later admitted to traveling to Baltimore to purchase heroin and then returning to sell it for $10 a pack, according to the officers' complaints.

In a separate case, a West Virginia State Police trooper charged a 32-year-old Martinsburg man Friday with distribution of heroin after investigators observed an apparent transaction at the Sheetz convenience store near Exit 12 of Interstate 81 in Martinsburg.

William Roger Calloway of 92 Minister Drive, was in Eastern Regional Jail on Friday on a $50,000 bond set by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg.

A woman told police that Calloway gave her the heroin after investigators watched her give him $100 just before midnight Thursday, according to court records.

Police recovered a $100 bill from Calloway, along with $566 in cash.

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