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NEWS
June 22, 2012
Martinsburg police arrested a man early Friday morning after a foot chase and seized about 29 grams of crack cocaine from him, according to the Martinsburg Police Department. Derrick S. Spencer, aka Fat Head, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, Martinsburg police Detective J.D. Luciano said in a news release. Spencer, 34, was detained in the area of Carroll  and Vicky Bullett streets just after midnight, the release said. The arrest was the culmination of drug investigations  Thursday night by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and Martinsburg police, the release said.
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NEWS
June 15, 2012
A federal judge on Friday sentenced a Martinsburg, W.Va., man to serve 10 years in prison for his conviction on two counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Lawrence Robert Hicks, 42, will spend three years on supervised probation following his release from prison, according to a news release from Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. A Maryland State Police traffic stop of Hicks in Frederick County on Sept. 20, 2011, resulted in 10 grams of cocaine being found in his vehicle, the release said.
NEWS
June 1, 2012
Three people were charged with drug possession after police conducted two separate narcotics raids Friday in Martinsburg, W.Va., Martinsburg police  said. Chiquita Evette Robinson, 30, of 222 1/2 Vicky Bullet St. in Martinsburg was charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, according to a Martinsburg Police Department news release. Justin Wallace Kackley, 24, of 700 N. High St. in Martinsburg was charged with possession of Oxycodone. Cody Allen Stewart, 21, of P.O. Box 1066 in Falling Waters, W.Va., was charged with possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone.
NEWS
May 31, 2012
A Hagerstown man was charged with possession of crack cocaine after he was pulled over during a traffic stop Wednesday night in Frederick, Md., the Frederick Police Department said. Eddie Paul Jouvert, 43, of 50 Summit Ave., also was charged with possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, according to a police news release. Officers said a K-9 unit detected the drugs after Jouvert was pulled over at 9:37 p.m. in the area of Key Parkway and Bel Air Lane.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 18, 2012
A jury took five minutes in March to find Edgar Sayles guilty of distribution of cocaine, a conviction that resulted in a 40-year mandatory sentence Friday in Washington County Circuit Court. Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Sayles, 41, to 40 years without parole, an enhanced mandatory sentence due to his previous drug-crime convictions. The former Hagerstown resident had been charged by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force with selling crack cocaine to a confidential informant in April and May 2011, according to charging documents.
NEWS
May 8, 2012
Six men charged in connection with crack cocaine dealing in Martinsburg and Berkeley County recently pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg to distribution and possession charges, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced Tuesday. Two other individuals have pleaded guilty in unrelated cases to charges of bank fraud and abusive sexual contact, respectively, according to a news release. Tyrone Aaron Eldridge, 26, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., Heath Toddley Redman, 32, of Martinsburg, William Ronald Monroe, 32, and Vonzelle Wade Carey, 33, each pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of crack cocaine, according to Ihlenfeld's office.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 23, 2012
Edgar Sayles objected to the racial composition of the jury pool, fired his lawyer and acted as his own attorney. But it took a Washington County Circuit Court jury only five minutes Thursday to convict him on two counts of distribution of crack cocaine. Sayles, 41, formerly of Hagerstown, had been charged by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force with selling crack cocaine to a confidential informant in April and May 2011. Before the trial, Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler said Sayles had prior drug convictions and could be sentenced to up to 40 years on the distribution charges.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 6, 2012
The Washington County Narcotics Task Force Monday arrested two Hagerstown residents, including a convicted murderer, on drug-trafficking charges. Phillip Levar Bailey, 52, of 867 Virginia Ave., was charged with three counts each of distribution of crack cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to distribute narcotics, along with single counts of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of controlled paraphernalia, according to court records.
NEWS
January 30, 2012
A 52-year-old Martinsburg man faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced Monday. Kevin Hairston pleaded guilty to the felony charge on Thursday, joining at least three prior felony convictions for crimes, including voluntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery, according to a news release from Ihlenfeld. The most recent conviction stems from Hairston's possession of a P-32 caliber semi-automatic pistol and three rounds of ammunition on Nov. 1, 2011, according to the release.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 17, 2012
A Washington County Circuit Court jury Tuesday convicted a Hagerstown man of selling crack cocaine a short distance from the Hagerstown courthouse where the trial was held. Gregory Harris, 45, was found guilty of distribution of cocaine and possession of cocaine. Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Harris to 10 years in state prison without parole, according to Robert Veil, the supervising state's attorney for the Washington County Narcotics Task Force. “I think it's an adequate sentence,” Veil said.
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