2017-12-06 / Police & Safety

Maryland man arrested on drug charges

A citizen tip about drug use in the parking lot of the Berkeley Springs Sheetz store led police to arrest a Maryland man on drug charges on Saturday, December 2.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court, David E. Beasley, 35, of Randallstown was charged with possession of heroin with the intent to deliver the drug.

A Sheetz manager reported the suspected drug activity to 911 shortly before 7 p.m., alerting officers that the driver, who appeared to have been injecting himself with something in the parking lot, had left the convenience store and was headed north on U.S. 522.

A Morgan County Sheriff’s Department deputy reserve officer spotted the vehicle and Deputy Dennis Jenkins attempted to stop the man, who was speeding near Johnson Mill Road.

When Deputy Jenkins tried to stop the car, it turned east on Martinsburg Road and continued to speed, his complaint said. When the officer did stop Beasley’s vehicle, the Maryland man repeatedly refused to exit the vehicle.

Deputy Jenkins received assistance on the scene from Sgt. Wade Shambaugh. Deputy Jenkins’ K-9 Troy alerted police to the possible presence of a controlled substance on the driver’s side of Beasley’s vehicle. Beasley continued to refuse to get out of his car until convinced to do so by Sgt. Shambaugh, the complaint said.

A search of the car yielded eight grams of suspected heroin, two needles and a cooking spoon, three cell phones and a ledger with various phone numbers on it, said the court document. A quantity of $722 in cash was also located on Beasley, who was taken into custody.

Beasley is free on $25,000 bond.

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