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Cops say man got off train, sold informant some cocaine

November 22, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART and MATTHEW UMSTEAD

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A passenger on a commuter train was charged Thursday night with distribution of crack cocaine following an ongoing investigation, the Charles Town (W.Va.) Police Department said.

Edward Aaron Whitehead, 31, of Landover, Md., was being held Friday at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., on $250,000 bond.

Harpers Ferry Police Chief Donald Buracker said Friday that seven or eight officers took part in the arrest, which occurred Thursday about 7:30 p.m. in an area off Shenandoah Street to avoid causing any disruption to train commuters.

Whitehead got off the train at 7:09 p.m. and allegedly approached a confidential police informant and arranged to sell $1,200 worth of cocaine, police said.

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Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, National Park Service rangers, and police from Harpers Ferry and Charles Town were involved in the arrest, which occurred once the controlled purchase was completed.

Whitehead was taken to Harpers Ferry police headquarters for processing, then to Eastern Regional Jail.

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