82 people indicted in WV drug trafficking network

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82 people were indicted by a federal grand jury for their role in a drug trafficking network in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia distributing fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

Individuals from Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia were charged, including Gary Bernard Brown Jr, 38 of Baltimore, who is believed to have supplied large quantities of fentanyl for distribution in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties.

The investigation discovered 10 kilograms of fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, firearms, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and assets.

This enforcement effort was a part of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces operation dedicated to identifying, disrupting, and dismantling high level crime organizations.

11 of the 82 defendants are still at large including Kendall Axavier Baker, 31 of Winchester, and 9 others from the Eastern Panhandle.

A full list of the defendants at large is available here.

If you have any information on this case or the individuals, contact the US Marshal’s office at 1-877-926-8332.

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Excellent Police Work leads to an arrest in Warren County

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On the night of October 8th, Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy Doffermire observed a vehicle making evasive moves to avoid law enforcement.

Recognizing these unusual behaviors, Deputy Doffermire decided to investigate further.

Upon developing probable cause, Deputy Doffermire conducted a traffic stop, which led to further investigation and a search of the vehicle.

The search resulted in the discovery and seizure of crack cocaine, methamphetamines, two smoking devices, four spoons with white residue, and $343 in cash.

The driver William Leslie Moore III now faces criminal charges including possession with the intent to distribute.

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WCNTF makes arrest following search and seizure

Washington County Narcotics Task Force announced the arrest of Corey James Douglas, 45, following a search and seizure at an address on West Wilson Boulevard in Hagerstown.

Douglas had three outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest.

He was found in the possession of what is suspected to be over 100 grams of fentanyl, 30 grams of crack cocaine, and one handgun which he was prohibited from owning.

He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center on a variety of charges.

WCNTF wanted to thank the Hagerstown Police Department Criminal Investigation Unit for their help in the case.

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BRNGTF concludes six month investigation with drug arrest

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The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force confirmed by email that they have  concluded a six month investigation on May 25 after the arrest of a Rappahannock resident.

Eric L. Butler, 45, was arrested following a search warrant of his property that uncovered 100 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of heroin, 100 grams of marijuana and $21,792 cash.

The street value of the drugs is estimated at $18,000.

Officers also seized seven firearms and a 2009 Chevy Tahoe in the search.

He was charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to distribute schedule I/II drug, one felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one felony count of possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule I/II drug, and one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Butler is being held at RSW Regional Jail on a secured bond.

The Task Force also thanked law enforcement from surrounding areas and the Virginia State Police for their assistance in the investigation.

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Martinsburg traffic stop leads to drugs and gun arrest

Martinsburg Police Department’s PFC Condo initiated a traffic stop at 9:25 pm on March 23rd of a Dodge Charger operating without lights.

The officer smelled marijuana and saw a handgun on the floor.

After a search of the vehicle, officers seized a Glock handgun, $579.00, and what is believed to be 123 Fentanyl pills, 89 Percocet, 7.6 grams of crack cocaine, oxycodone, and marijuana.

The driver, Ein Chase Kidrick, was charged with five counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, felony conspiracy, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and his third offense of driving on a suspended license.

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