Man charged with selling crack

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 12, 2011

SALISBURY — A tip to Salisbury Police led to the arrest of a suspected crack dealer on Shaver Street last night, authorities said.
The Salisbury Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Unit received information that John Blackwell was around 214 N. Shaver St. selling crack cocaine, a report said. After watching Blackwell make a transaction, members of the drug unit and Police Interdiction Team approached Blackwell and found him with 1 gram of crack cocaine.
Blackwell, 28, of 527 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine and received a $5,000 secured bond. He made his first appearance in court this morning.
Police said officers noticed the living conditions at the 214 N. Shaver St. residence were hazardous, and Chris Branham, the city’s code enforcer, was contacted and is working to “resolve the issues,” police said. Details were not immediately available.