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Liquor store employees charged in cocaine bust

December 12, 2008

A liquor store in downtown Hagerstown temporarily lost its liquor license Thursday after two employees were charged with using the store as a front to sell cocaine, according to a press release from the Washington County Task Force.

Task Force agents and members of the Hagerstown Police Department, armed with a search warrant, went to Universal Liquors at 33 E. Franklin St. Thursday, after two employees were accused of selling more than an ounce of cocaine to a confidential informant and an undercover narcotics agent earlier this month, the release said.

Shelton Jamaal Parker, 22, of 222 Summit Ave. Apt. B, Hagerstown, was charged with two counts each of distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Eligio Jesus Vera Duarte, 24, of 3203 32nd Court, Jupiter, Fla., was charged with one count each of distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

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The owner of the store, Sovann Najoe Chum of Gaithersburg, Md., was notified of the investigation, the release said.

Robert L. Everhart, chairman of the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, said the store's liquor license was reinstated Friday afternoon.

He said the three-member liquor board would discuss the issue at a later date.

The release said the store also was cited for having several fire-code violations.

-- Dan Dearth

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