2017-11-22 / Front Page

Man charged with dealing heroin; overdose in vehicle led to arrests

by Trish Rudder

James A. Brooks, 23, of South Green Street in Berkeley Springs was arrested on Friday, November 17 and charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin. He is incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg.

Brooks was previously arrested on November 2 and charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver heroin and had been released on bail.

Along with Brooks, Amanda N. Powers, 26, of Hancock, Md. was arrested last week for possession of heroin with intent to deliver and conspiracy.

The two were arrested when police served a search warrant at Brooks’ residence based on information received during an overdose call.

Earlier, Morgan County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Luke A. Shambaugh responded to an overdose in a vehicle on U.S. 522. The driver, Randy Cubbage, 40, was taken to War Memorial Hospital where he admitted to taking a capsule of what he called “scramble” (narcotic with heroin). Cubbage was charged with driving under the influence, according to the Morgan County Sheriff.

Cubbage told police his passenger, Aleigha Cox, 20, gave it to him, and Shambaugh arrested Cox for delivery of a controlled substance.

While searching Cox, two more “scramble” capsules were found, and during the investigation Brooks was named to be dealing the substance.

The information given was that Brooks had 500 capsules and had just returned from Baltimore to sell them.

A search warrant was then obtained for Brooks’ residence.

Deputy Shambaugh, Chief Deputy John Walter, Deputy Josh Lebo and Berkeley Springs Ptlm. Tony Link entered Brooks’ apartment and found Brooks and Powers on the bed, police said.

Located “in plain view on the dresser top in the bedroom” was a baggy containing 61 green and white capsules of heroin, more than three grams of marijuana and $710 in cash was seized, according to the criminal complaint.

Powers has been released on bail from Eastern Regional Jail.

Cox was charged with intent to deliver a controlled substance and is incarcerated in Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

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Scramble sounds like

Scramble sounds like another variety of illicit dangerous street drug right out of inner city likely smuggle in thru a port such as Baltimore Maryland. . It is hard to keep up with all these new threats to our communities. these poison dealers are in part supporters of gang activity and of terrorist financing . that must be kept in mind that this is only one point on the danger that threatens us all . crime can target any one of us and criminal activity is driven by need to raise money to buy drugs. . we are all in this together. even gated communities are at risk when our own relatives be hooked by drugs and rob from family members.