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March 2, 2012

Charges against drug suspects held for court

NEW CASTLE — A district judge has held charges against five people arrested in a West Washington Street drug raid for court.

The suspects were arrested Feb. 10 and remain charged with manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; conspiracy to manufacture, deliver  or possess a controlled substance; possession of a controlled subsance by a person not registered; conspiracy to possess a controlled substance; receiving stolen property and conspiracy to receive stolen property.

Following a 3 1/2-hour preliminary hearing Wednesday, District Judge Melissa A. Amodie reduced the grading of the stolen property charges to misdemeanors. All other charges will continue in court as felonies.

The accused defendants are:

•Darelle Michael Coffey, 21, of Farrell, represented by attorney Stephen Delpero.

•Julius Michael Williams, 22, of Detroit, represented by attorney Stanley T. Booker.

•Cortney Lynn Jones, 23, of Farrell, represented by attorney Deanna Lynn Nocera.

•Quinton Pinkins, 27, of Sharon, represented by attorney Joseph Kearney.

•Antonio Deshawn Gardner, 27, New Castle and Detroit , represented by Lawrence County public defender Larry Keith.

Gardner additionally is charged with possession of prohibited firearms and conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm. Both are felonies.

Pinkins and Jones have posted bond. The others remain in the Lawrence County jail on $50,000 bonds each.

Bail for Coffey, Williams and Gardner was reduced to $15,000 on Wednesday. They will be able to post bond  pending the outcome of a “source of funds” hearing. No hearing date has been set.

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

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