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Mother, son charged in W.Va. with distribution of heroin

May 23, 2008

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. -- A Gerrardstown man and his mother were arrested Thursday morning and charged with several felony charges involving distribution of heroin, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The arrests came after the Sheriff's Office Special Response Team served a search warrant at a home in the 700 block of Loop Road for illegal narcotics, the release said.

Gary Vanhorn Jr., 30, of 739 Loop Road, was and charged with three felony counts of distribution of a controlled substance (heroin) and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (heroin), according to the release.

His mother, Peggy Vanhorn, 51, also of 739 Loop Road, was charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (heroin), the release said.

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Both were arraigned by Magistrate Harry L. Snow, who set a $100,000 bond for Mr. Vanhorn and a $25,000 bond for his mother. Mr. Vanhorn was in Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., Thursday evening. His mother was no longer in jail after she and her son were admitted at 7:05 a.m., according to jail records.

According to the news release, Sgt. B.F. Hall, Lt. G. Harmison and Cpl. C.S. McCulley of the of the sheriff's office's Criminal Investigations Division initiated an investigation into drug activity at the Loop Road address in September after receiving information that drugs were being sold from the residence. Investigators were able to conduct several controlled drug buys of heroin.

Deputies seized approximately seven grams of heroin during the search. They also seized drug paraphernalia and a large amount of United States currency as part of the investigation. The street value of the seized heroin is approximately $3,000, the release said.

The case is still under investigation and more arrests might be forthcoming, the release said.

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