Police briefs

June 14, 2008

State Police allege five involved heroin trafficking

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County couple, a Hagerstown woman and a Martinsburg man were arraigned Friday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court after police said they took part Thursday night in heroin deals orchestrated by police.

A juvenile was implicated in one of the deals, police said.

· Bridget May Deminds, 22, and Nicholas Wayne Deminds, 19, of 163 Spreading Oak Drive, north of Martinsburg, were arraigned on a combined five felony counts after West Virginia State Police said the pair and a juvenile took part in a heroin deal at Wal-Mart in Spring Mills, W.Va., according to court records.

On Thursday about 10:15 p.m., an informant purchased $120 in heroin from Nicholas Deminds, who was accompanied by a boy, according to police and court records.


After the deal, police found crack cocaine and heroin in Bridget Deminds' purse, and she had more than $1,000 in cash, according to a complaint filed by Trooper G.D. Simms.

Police said Bridget Deminds often drove for her husband while he was selling crack and heroin.

Police found heroin and marijuana in Nicholas Deminds' possession when he was arrested, according to Simms' complaint.

It wasn't known whether a juvenile petition was filed against the boy.

· Bo Marshall Smith, 24, of 102 Berry St. in Martinsburg, and Billy Jo Shrader, 22, of 12205 Brookfield Ave. in Hagerstown, were arrested by authorities after selling $100 in heroin to an informant in front of Food Lion near the intersection of W.Va. 45 and U.S. 11, just south of Martinsburg, according to court records.

Members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force were involved in both drug buys, police said.

Magistrate JoAnn Overington arraigned all four adults, setting $60,000 bonds for Bridget Deminds and Smith, according to records. Overington set a $50,000 bond for Nicholas Deminds and a $35,000 bond for Shrader, according to court records.

Shrader and Smith still were being held Friday night in Eastern Regional Jail, according to jail records.

Police: Man sold crack cocaine to informant

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man was in Eastern Regional Jail Friday night on a felony count of delivery of a controlled substance after allegedly selling crack cocaine to a police informant, according to a Martinsburg Police Department press release and jail records.

Larry L. Debose, 37, of 43 Price Drive in Martinsburg, sold the drug Thursday in the 200 block of North Raleigh Street, Martinsburg Police Department Detective Cpl. S.F. Doyle said.

DeBose was arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington, who set a $25,000 bond, according to court records.

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