Five Berkeley County residents charged in alleged crack cocaine sales

April 18, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Five Berkeley County residents are facing charges in connection with allegedly dealing crack cocaine, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison announced Thursday.

Michael P. Christian, 31, of 16 Vinegar Court, and Barbara J. Morris, 37, of 55 Vinegar Court, near Falling Waters, W.Va., each were arraigned Thursday by Magistrate Harry L. Snow on charges of delivery of a Schedule II narcotic controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver the drug.

Both Christian and Morris still were in Eastern Regional Jail Thursday night on bonds of $75,000 and $25,000, according to court and jail records.

Less than an hour after Christian was admitted at the jail, police put James W. League, 34, and Charlotte M. League, 33, of 119 Rudolph Court, in there on the same charges, according to court records.


Snow set $20,000 bonds for the couple, who remained in jail Thursday night.

The last to be admitted to the jail was Antony Vernard Burrell, 29, also of 119 Rudolph Court. He was arraigned by Snow on a charge of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute it, according to court and jail records.

Christian and Morris' arrest stemmed from their alleged involvement in the sale of $100 worth of crack cocaine to an informant last month, Harmison said.

On Thursday morning, more than $5,000 in cash in a bag of dog food was found during a search of Christian's Sportsmans Paradise home by Sheriff's Department investigators and two West Virginia State Police troopers, Harmison said.

At the Rudolph Court residence, deputies were assisted by the Northern District of West Virginia United Fugitive Apprehension Posse and State Police, Harmison said.

A confidential informant purchased crack cocaine and heroin from the Leagues last month, Harmison said.

While making the arrests, police found four packages of crack cocaine in a vitamin/supplement bottle and $300 in cash close to the drugs in a room occupied by Burrell, according to court records. Burrell was arraigned on a $25,000 bond and later was released from jail after posting bail, according to court and jail records.

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