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Two held after Berkeley Co. drug sting

December 04, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Berkeley County residents were in Eastern Regional Jail on Wednesday evening on felony charges that stemmed from an alleged crack cocaine deal with a confidential informant, according to jail and court records.

Leandra Beth Hammond, 19, of 584 Universe Drive, Martinsburg, was charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and put in jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond set Tuesday evening by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, records show.

Gerald David Gibbs, aka G, 21, of 364 Royal Crest Drive, Martinsburg, was charged with distribution of a controlled substance and put in jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Gibbs and Hammond were arrested after the $300 deal for a quarter of an ounce of crack cocaine happened along Paynes Ford Road, according to complaints filed by West Virginia State Police Cpl. B.W. Bean and Trooper M.A. Cole.

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Hammond was found with the marked "buy" money, which police said was inside her bra, according to the complaints.

The money was provided by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, police said.

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