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Bail recovery agent facing drug charges

Hedgesville man is accused of dealing cocaine

April 30, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A bail recovery agent arrested Friday has again been accused of dealing cocaine, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Christopher Lee Haddix, 26, of 154 Pacific Blvd. in Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged by West Virginia State Police Trooper C.S. Maynard with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to court records.

Haddix on Friday was in Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond set by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, according to court records.

Haddix was taken into custody by Maynard at 2:24 a.m. Friday along Royal Crest Drive near Martinsburg, according to court records.

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Maynard said in a complaint filed in magistrate court that an anonymous caller told police that Haddix had placed a small bag of cocaine under a windshield wiper of a red Toyota in a parking area in the vicinity of 18 Royal Crest Drive, according to court records.

Maynard said he found the cocaine and then spotted Haddix in a Ford Focus parked nearby, according to court records.

Aware that Haddix was a licensed bounty hunter who carries a firearm, Maynard said in his complaint that he asked Haddix to hold his hands in the air, according to court records.

When he raised his hands, Haddix threw a plastic bag to the ground, which Maynard said he later determined had cocaine in it, according to court records.

After being arrested, Haddix consented to a search of his residence, and Maynard said in complaint that police found a large digital scale and a loaded .380 Hi-Point handgun in the home, according to court records.

Last summer, state police alleged Haddix twice sold cocaine to a police informant, and he was charged with two felonies, according to court records.

Those charges, which were pending in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, were dismissed last month at the request of Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Richard Stephens, according to court records.

Though dismissed in magistrate court, the state's evidence against Haddix in the 2009 case can still be presented to a grand jury in Berkeley County Circuit Court or in U.S. District Court for possible indictment, officials have said.

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