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Drug charges headed to federal court against local man

August 31, 2010|By DON AINES

The case of a Hagerstown man charged with possession with intent to distribute a large amount of narcotics was dismissed Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court and is headed to federal court, according to Robert Veil, the supervising attorney for the Washington County Drug Task Force.

Donnie Caldwell, 31, of 27 E. Lee St., also is charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics, possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, court documents show.

On Nov. 11, 2009, an informant with the task force arranged to purchase crack cocaine from a woman in Hancock, according to the statement of probable cause in the case. The informant, a woman and a man traveled from Hancock to Hagerstown, while the woman contacted Caldwell, the statement said.

The woman met Caldwell, who was driving a rented vehicle, in the parking lot of the South End Shopping Center, the statement of probable cause said. After the woman got $100 worth of cocaine and gave it to the informant, task force agents stopped the rented vehicle, the statement said.

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The vehicle was searched, but no drugs were found, the statement said. Caldwell was searched and found to have marijuana and 105 grams of cocaine hidden on his body, the statement said.

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