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Drug sting nets 7 in W.Va. cocaine bust

February 23, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Seven people were arrested Thursday night for their alleged role in a cocaine distribution ring in Charles Town, according to police and Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

At least 20 officers took part in a joint effort to make the arrests, which came within minutes after an informant met with one of the individuals to purchase 4 1/2 ounces of crack cocaine, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's Department deputy detective Cpl. T.L. Edwards.

In arraignment hearings Friday, Magistrate Marry Paul Rissler set $100,000 cash-only bonds for each defendant, and all seven were in Eastern Regional Jail on Friday evening.

Jesse Ryan Miller, 23, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was charged with distribution of cocaine, and Kelly Dawn McCoy, 19, and Estela Ramirez Luna, 31, both of Charles Town, were charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (cocaine), according to complaints filed against them by Edwards.

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Sebastion Sanchez, 30, Matias Cortez Romero, 21, Jose Luis Bautista, 35, and Agustin Santiago Bautista, 31, each were charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

The arrests and seizure of a "substantial amount" of cocaine resulted from an investigation that spanned several months and had the cooperative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, Charles Town Police Department, Ranson Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Edwards said.

Edwards noted in her complaint against the defendants that police seized several items from two town homes at 125 and 130 Dunlap Road in County Green subdivision in Charles Town. Those items indicated cocaine manufacturing and distribution had taken place there for some time.

Before arriving at the town houses, the informant met with Miller at the Northgate Inn off Patrick Henry Way and surveillance teams followed him to the town homes, where he obtained the drugs the informant arranged to purchase. At least four of the individuals were residing in the homes, according to Edwards' complaint. Sanchez did not have a known address, and Jose Luis Bautista resided in Winchester, Va., according to court records.

After the deal with the informant, police arrested those alleged to be involved in the drug operation in or near the town houses, Edwards said.

The case remains under investigation, according to Edwards.

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