Drug Task Force in Pennsylvania Arrest Five Men From Maryland

Five Maryland men were arrested by the Franklin County Drug Task Force, after a series of incidents at the Econo Lodge, located at 735 Buchanan Trail East, in Antrim Township, beginning at approximately 1827 hours on 11/28/2000. The Franklin County Drug Task Force was called to the Econo Lodge earlier in the day to investigate suspected drug activity occurring in several of the rooms. After concluding that there was indeed drug activity occurring in several of the rooms, search warrants were obtained for Rooms 112 and 210. At approximately 1827 hours, officers simultaneously executed search warrants on Room 112 and Room 210, of the Econo Lodge. Inside Room 112, officers recovered crack cocaine with a street value of approximately $3000, marijuana, pagers, cellular telephones, and various drug paraphernalia. Charged as a result of this search, were both occupants of the room, Travis Westurn and Shawn Morris.

Inside Room 210, officers recovered approximately $2500 in cash, cocaine, marijuana, electronic scales, plastic bags, pagers, cellular telephones, a police scanner, and assorted drug paraphernalia. Charged as a result of this search was Tedros Amarech. It was later discovered that Amarech was also a fugitive from justice. A criminal history search revealed that Amarech had outstanding warrants in Maryland for distribution and possession of cocaine. During the searches of Rooms 112 and 210, it was discovered that drug activity was also occurring in Room 105. Officers then went to Room 105 to investigate further, and discovered additional drugs and drug paraphernalia inside that room. Officers found scales, over $500 in cash, cocaine, marijuana, plastic bags, and other drug paraphernalia inside the room. Charged as a result of this search were both occupants of the room, Durell Wesley Baker and Thomas James Custer.

Drug task force agencies assisting in this investigation included the Greencastle Police Department, the Washington Township Police Department, the Waynesboro Police Department K-9 Unit, the Franklin County District Attorney's Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police.

List of Subjects that were Arrested:

Thomas James Custer
DOB: 4/15/1981 17944
Garden View Road
Maugansville, MD 21760

Notes: Charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance Arraigned before D. J. Memminger and committed to Franklin County Prison in lieu of $5000 bail

Durell Wesley Baker III
DOB: 4/07/1980
13216 Independence Road
Clear Spring, MD 21722

Notes: Charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance Arraigned before D. J. Memminger and committed to Franklin County Prison in lieu of $5000 bail

Shawn Stephen Morris
DOB: 11/03/1980
11415 Boyd Road
Clear Spring, MD 21722

Notes: Charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Arraigned before D. J. Memminger and committed to Franklin County Prison in lieu of $5000 bail

Travis Glenn Westurn
DOB: 3/14/1979
13707 Blairs Valley Road
Clear Spring, MD 21722

Notes: Charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Arraigned before D. J. Memminger and released on $5000 unsecured bail

Tedros Amarech
DOB: 9/28/1969
411 N. Locust Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Fugitive From Justice. Arraigned before D. J. Memminger and committed to Franklin County Prison in lieu of $5000 bail. 

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