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Police say drugs ordered at pizza shop

June 18, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- Two Hagerstown men have been charged with drug offenses after city police officers received complaints about drug paraphernalia sales and possible distribution of drugs at Super Seven Pizza on Franklin Street, according to Washington County District Court records.

Douglas Lee Hill Jr., 18, of 673 Pennsylvania Ave., is charged with four offenses, including manufacture and/or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia, and Patrick Fitzgerald Reynolds II, 26, of 332 Overbrooke Road, is charged with conspiracy to manufacture and/or distribute a controlled dangerous substance, according to court records.

Hill was being held on $15,000 bond Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center, and Reynolds was being held there on $7,500 bond, jail officials said.

Hagerstown Police Detective M. Kovac said he placed a phone order at 6:17 p.m. Wednesday for a large cheese pizza at the pizza shop at 66 E. Franklin St., according to court records.

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Kovac said when he went into the shop, he saw a glass showcase with glass smoking pipes. He said he talked to a woman about where he could get some "weed" and the woman said Kovac needed to speak to Reynolds, who was in the shop, court records state.

Reynolds asked Kovac how much he wanted, and Kovac said he needed an ounce. Reynolds indicated "he could do that," and Reynolds and Kovac agreed to meet at Central City Liquors at 401 W. Washington St., according to court records.

At police headquarters, Kovac was fitted with a body recorder that allows authorities to monitor his conversations. He went to Central City Liquors and five other officers surrounded the liquor store, court records state.

Kovac said he saw Reynolds and Hill, whom Reynolds introduced to Kovac as his brother, approaching. Hill showed Kovac a clear plastic bag of marijuana and Kovac handed $150 to Hill, according to court records.

Kovac alerted a take-down team to move in, and Reynolds and Hill were taken into custody, court records state.

Seventy-seven smoking devices were recovered at the shop, according to court records.

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