November 23, 2011
Thirteen people were sentenced recently in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey. U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that: • Tiffany Nicole Jones, 33, of Martinsburg, was sentenced Oct. 17 to 5 years in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. Jones was convicted in April on one count of an Indictment charging her with the distribution of 13.5 grams of crack cocaine on April 10, 2008, in Martinsburg. • Rashid Dayshawn Robinson, aka “Day Day,” 33, of Martinsburg, was sentenced Oct. 18 to 12 years and 7 months in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release.
November 4, 2011
Three people are facing drug charges after the Martinsburg Police Department and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed search warrants Friday at two locations in Martinsburg as part of an ongoing drug investigation. Controlled substances were located when the warrants were executed at 558 N. Queen St. and 511 N. Queen St., according to a news release from the Martinsburg Police Department. Officers arrested Nathaniel Lane outside 558 N. Queen St. without incident and charged him with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to the release.
October 21, 2011
A Martinsburg man accused of assaulting a man early Wednesday at a club in Berkeley County was arraigned Friday on one count of malicious wounding, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents. Jerome Daniel Redman of 621 N. High St. was also arraigned on one count of possession of a controlled substance, crack cocaine, with intent to deliver in an unrelated case, the court documents said. Alexander Taylor, the victim in the attack at Dub V Pub at 1544 Winchester Ave., was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg and then transferred to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., for treatment, the documents said.
September 6, 2011
Initially charged with robbing a Washington County Narcotics Task Force informant during a drug deal, a Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced Ryheim Maurice Pearson, 21, of 1062 Ross St. to six years in prison. Charges of armed robbery, robbery, attempted robbery, theft and making false statements to police were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. "I do what I do to try and get drugs off the street.
July 12, 2011
A Washington County Circuit Court judge Tuesday sentenced a woman with a previous narcotics-distribution conviction to seven years in prison after she pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine. "You could be a poster child here today for the devastation that drug abuse" causes individuals and families, Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. told Trina Elizabeth Earl, 50, of Hagerstown. He sentenced her to 15 years, but suspended eight years of the sentence. "I lost my home and all my possessions.
July 6, 2011
Police said about $10,000 worth of crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana was found when authorities searched two locations in Frederick Tuesday night. Jason Allen Diggs, 30, of 195 Hope Circle. and Donald Wayne Brown, 33, of 127 Pennsylvania Ave., were charged, according to the Frederick Police Department. Diggs and Brown were charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine, police said. Diggs was also charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and two counts of possession of paraphernalia, police said.
June 1, 2011
A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man was charged with possession of crack cocaine after a drug-enforcement unit investigated a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot at 101 West South St. on Tuesday, Frederick police said. An officer searched the vehicle and found crack cocaine under the driver’s seat, a Frederick Police Department news release said. The driver of the car, Brian L. Fox, 49, of 71 New Harmony Lane, was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, the release said.
May 25, 2011
A Hagerstown man was charged Tuesday with 17 drug-related offenses after the Washington County Narcotics Task Force seized crack cocaine and half a dozen other controlled dangerous substances in a search of a Little Elliott Drive apartment. Tedros Amerech, 41, whose address was listed as 122 E. Oak Ridge Drive, Apt. 12, was being held Wednesday in the Washington County Detention Center on $200,000 bail, according to a detention center officer. He was charged with three counts of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, seven counts of possession of narcotics and seven counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to District Court records.
May 16, 2011
An Inwood, W.Va., man was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison, according to U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. Aushante Trotman, 39, will serve five years of supervised release after the prison sentence, Rosenstein said Monday in a news release. Trotman, who was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, went to a Hagerstown home Feb. 18, 2010, to buy cocaine and crack cocaine, according to the release.