“Operation Spring Cleaning” Phase 2

  • “Operation Spring Cleaning” Phase 2

    “Operation Spring Cleaning” Phase 2

    “OPERATION SPRING CLEANING” PHASE 2:
    MARTINSBURG POLICE CONTINUE ARREST SWEEP OF DRUG DEALERS

    Early this morning, the Martinsburg Police Department launched phase two of the Department’s “Operation Spring Cleaning,” an MPD initiative that is effectively targeting illegal drug dealing in Martinsburg. Captain Kevin Miller, the supervisor spearheading the operation, announced the arrests of 13 known drug dealers and criminal warrants for six other individuals wanted for illegal drug distribution charges. All arrests and related warrants totaled 51 drug charges and were the result of aggressive police work and undercover investigations by members of the Martinsburg Police Department. Today’s roundup follows last month’s arrests of 12 persons for distribution of heroin and crack cocaine.

    “Today was a very good day for every decent citizen in Martinsburg,” stated Miller. “We have rock-solid felony cases on 19 more drug dealers and we will do everything in our power to see that they are put behind bars.” Miller, a 23 year police veteran and former MPD Chief, recognized the hard work of the Martinsburg officers who are making the operation a continuing success. “These investigations take a lot of hard work, patience, and teamwork,” Miller observed. “My hat’s off to the excellent work of MPD Detectives Adam Albaugh and Jared Luciano, Sergeant Justin Darby, and Patrolmen Marc Loretta and Ryan Fritz. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

    Deputy Chief George Swartwood, in praising praised his officers’ efforts, emphasized how the continuing sweep of drug dealers fits into MPD’s drug-fighting strategy. “We believe that we will only solve the heroin problem by fighting it at every level—enforcement, treatment, and prevention,” Swartwood stated. I couldn’t be prouder of the work Captain Miller and his team are doing. We’ve turned up the heat on drug dealers, and we’re going to keep it turned on.”

    “The Martinsburg Police Department has a plan, and with the fantastic results our team has shown today, we see our plan is working,” stated Police Chief Maury Richards. “Our Department is building stronger partnerships with our community, youth, and schools.” “MPD is starting to click on all cylinders and our drug enforcement is focusing at the source—drug dealers’” Richards added. “Last month’s sweep wasn’t a one-shot deal. The City of Martinsburg has zero tolerance for drug dealing. Here’s our message: ‘Sell drugs in our town, and we’ll put you in jail.”

    During today’s roundup, the Martinsburg Police Department was assisted by the United States Marshal Service, Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, West Virginia State Police, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Shepherdstown Police Department during the arrest process.

    The below listed individuals were arrested on June 28, 2016 by the Martinsburg Police Department on drug related charges.

    Tracy Dean Pearson Jr.
    DOB 3/8/98
    510 West Virginia Avenue Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Arrested on 3 counts of Distribution of Heroin

    Brandi M. Ritter
    DOB 10/20/83
    83 Botanical Drive Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Arrested on 1 count Distribution of Heroin and 1 count of Conspiracy to distribute Heroin

    Timothy D. Stewart
    DOB 1/27/59
    45 Evergreen Drive Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Arrested on 1 count Distribution of Heroin and 4 counts of Conspiracy to distribute Heroin

    Daniel W. Malatt
    DOB 9/12/78
    628 ½ North Third Street Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Arrested on 1 count Distribution of Heroin

    Ronald Keith Kuhn
    DOB 4/15/49
    475 Royal Crest Drive Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Arrested on 2 counts of Distribution of Heroin

    Michael V. Brown
    DOB 11/25/62
    83 Botanical Drive Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Arrested on 2 counts of Distribution of Heroin and 1 count of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin

    Kirtian Thomas Bowers
    DOB 9/2/93
    91 McMillian Court Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Arrested on 2 counts of Distribution of Heroin

    Timothy D. Stewart Jr.
    DOB 6/10/91
    238 Pickett Avenue Inwood, West Virginia
    Arrested on 4 counts of Distribution of Heroin and 2 counts of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin

    Victoria Hope Staubs
    DOB 6/23/97
    185 Tamarack Drive Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Arrested on 1 count of Distribution of an Imitation Substance

    Jessica Renee Haines
    DOB 1/23/84
    No fixed address – Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Arrested on 3 counts of Distribution of Heroin

    Ricky Leon Hardeman III
    DOB 9/19/89
    145 Garden Drive Apt. #302 Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Arrested on 3 counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine

    Christian Dempsey
    DOB 7/30/96
    320 Townsend Ridge Road Hedgesville, West Virginia
    Arrested on 4 counts of Distribution of Heroin and 4 counts of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin
    This subject was arrested earlier this week on these charges.

    Taylor Cook
    DOB 5/23/96
    170 Brilliant Stone Court Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Arrested on 1 count of Distribution of Heroin and 3 counts of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin
    This subject was arrested earlier this week on these charges.

    The below listed subjects are still wanted on outstanding drug charges:

    Tashawna Mack
    DOB 12/9/89
    938 Circle Drive Halethorpe, Maryland
    Wanted on 2 counts of Distribution of Heroin

    Tyrone Yates
    DOB 8/16/95
    207 North Raleigh Street Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Wanted on 2 counts of Distribution of Marijuana

    Nicholas Ailshie
    DOB 4/20/94
    424 Virginia Avenue Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Wanted on 2 counts of Distribution of Heroin

    Patrick Duggan
    DOB 2/1/77
    117 South Queen Street Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Wanted on 1 count of Distribution of Heroin

    Glenn Radcliff
    DOB 7/9/57
    126 South Raleigh Street Martinsburg, West Virginia
    Wanted on 1 count of Distribution of Heroin

    Chad Berry
    DOB 11/22/87
    175 Ranson Estates Circle Ranson, West Virginia
    Wanted on 1 count of Distribution of Heroin and 1 count of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin