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Martinsburg police arrest 10 in morning raid

July 16, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A roundup of individuals accused of drug distribution in Martinsburg netted 10 arrests, the Martinsburg Police Department announced Thursday.

More than 20 officers, including members of the department's Special Response Team, served several of the outstanding warrants, beginning Thursday about 8:30 a.m.

The arrests, scattered around the city, were the culmination of about four months of police work, Chief T.C. "Ted" Anderson said.

As of 4 p.m., the police department still had active warrants for seven people, Detective Cpl. S.F. Doyle said in a press release.

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The names and photographs of the individuals who police still are looking for are posted on the Internet at

martinsburgpd.blogspot.com.

Those arrested as part of the roundup operation and their charges are as follows, according to police and court records:

o Taylor Wasson Jr., 24, of no fixed address, on one misdemeanor count of delivery of an imitation controlled substance (heroin) on March 31.

o Edarion Mosley, 20, of 323 S. Raleigh St., on one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) on April 23.

o Duane Myles Martin, 41, of 435 Winchester Ave., on one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine) on April 23.

o Donnell Sylvester Parker, 54, of 323 S. Raleigh St., on two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine and heroin) on May 6.

o Shawn Emanuel Yates, 38, of 314 N. Queen St., on one misdemeanor count of delivery of an imitation controlled substance (crack cocaine) on May 7.

o Moses Bretton Saxon III, 50, of 114 W. Martin St., on one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine) on May 14.

o Frank Owen Carper Jr., 42, of Route 6, Box 121, on one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine) on March 19.

o Lottie Jane Dodson, 66, of 625 Virginia Ave., on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (Percocet and methadone) on April 29, May 1 and May 5.

o Dameon Lee Hairston, 29, of 209 English St., on one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine) on April 7.

o Gilbert Coleman Shepherd, 53, in Eastern Regional Jail, on one felony count of delivery a controlled substance (crack cocaine).

Shepherd and Hairston were served with warrants at the jail.

In addition to the police department's use of confidential informants in their drug distribution cases, members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force orchestrated alleged drug deals with Dodson and Carper, according to court records.

Magistrate Harry L. Snow was the arraigning magistrate for those arrested Thursday.

City police officers divided into three teams of six or seven officers to carry out the operation.

Most of the individuals wanted in the roundup Thursday were residing in rental properties, but Anderson said the socioeconomic background of individuals wanted in drug crimes has become more diverse over the years.

In 2008, the police department made 545 misdemeanor and felony drug arrests, and Anderson said illegally obtained prescription drugs, including Vicodin, Percocet and Hydrocodine, also is becoming "a huge problem."

About 8:30 a.m. Thursday, members of the heavily armored Special Response Team stormed into Parker's South Raleigh Street apartment across from Berkeley County's Dunn Building to serve a search warrant and arrested him on two felony warrants.

Parker was arrested without incident, and police seized an amount of marijuana from the residence, according to the department's announcement.

Wasson was arrested off Exchange Place near the North Queen Street underpass, where Anderson said he had been living beneath an overhang of an industrial building.

Police arrested Saxon while he was frying sausage in his upstairs West Martin Street apartment.

Police didn't have to go into a home in the 100 block of Elizabeth Street to locate Mosley, who was cleaning a car in the driveway.

Anyone with information regarding drug trafficking within the city of Martinsburg may call the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100.

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