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Four charged in cocaine arrests

December 31, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four people were arrested early Tuesday on charges stemming from a crack cocaine investigation at a home in Baker Heights, W.Va., according to complaints filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Those arrested were:

o Joseph Garfield Creamer, 52, of 48 Lariat Drive, Kearneysville, W.Va., was charged with delivery of a schedule II narcotic (crack cocaine) and conspiracy to deliver the drug.

o Frances Elizabeth Eckhart, 23, of 83 Labonte Drive, Martinsburg, was charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine).

o Kevin Christopher Lightfoot, 18, of Jamaica, N.Y., was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and two counts of forgery.

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o Javon Ashwell Nedd, 19, of New York City, was charged with two counts of forgery. All four defendants were arraigned by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, and Nedd and Lightfoot were still in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday evening, according to court and jail records.

Lightfoot was found in possession of 21 small baggies that contained crack cocaine, one gram of marijuana and two individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine that weighed about .2 grams each, according to a complaint by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison.

Lightfoot also was found with $229 in cash during a 2 a.m. search at Creamer's residence Tuesday, according to Harmison's complaint.

The warrant was triggered by a controlled buy made on Monday with Creamer after police obtained a court order authorizing electronic monitoring of the transaction, according to Harmison's complaint.

On Tuesday morning, Creamer was found in possession of a small piece of crack that was stuck to his forehead after his "skull cap" was removed and another piece of crack was found in his right sock, Harmison said in his complaint.

Eckhart was found with about 1 gram of marijuana and $368 in cash. The forgery charges against Lightfoot and Nedd are based on allegations that they did not sign their name on fingerprint cards upon arrest and wrote another, according to Harmison's complaint.

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