MPD and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Team Up for Major Drug Bust

  • MPD and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Team Up for Major Drug Bust

    MPD and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Team Up for Major Drug Bust

    The Martinsburg Police Department (MPD) and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) announced today the arrests and charging of two persons for possession with intent to deliver illegal drugs and the recovery of large amounts of heroin and crack cocaine. The teamwork of MPD and JCSO officers resulted in seizing 292 grams of heroin and 84 grams of crack cocaine in Martinsburg and Jefferson County. The estimated street value of the drugs totaled more than $75,000.

    The coordinated law enforcement effort started on Sunday June 25, 2017 when Deputy G.W. Kilmer of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Charles Town Road at Route 480. The driver of the vehicle, Charles Leroy Palmer III, was found to be in possession of 31 grams of heroin and $1,200 in cash. The seized heroin had an estimated street value of $6,200. Deputy Kilmer placed the driver under arrest, conducted a skillful investigation, and was able to determine that Palmer had large quantities of heroin and crack cocaine hidden in his residence at 311 1/2 W. King Street in Martinsburg. Deputy Kilmer immediately shared this information with the Martinsburg Police Department.

    MPD Detective Sergeant Adam Albaugh quickly coordinated and directed personnel and resources to begin the follow-up police enforcement action. Patrolman Marc Loretta utilized his expertise to apply for and obtain a search warrant through Berkeley County Magistrate Court for Palmer’s residence. On June 26, 2017 Sergeant Albaugh and Patrolman Loretta along with MPD officers Lieutenant Scott Funkhouser, Detective Corporal Jared Luciano, Corporal Andrew Garcia, and Patrolman Bill Staub successfully executed the search warrant at the King Street location, securing the residence and its occupants.

    The officers’ search of the residence recovered 261 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $52,260 and 84 grams of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $16,760. The MPD officers also recovered $4,000 in cash. Once inside the residence, MPD officers also found an adult, Ms. Courtney Guess, and 2 young children ages one and three years old, in her care. Guess was placed under arrest and charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, Possession with Intent to Deliver Crack Cocaine, and Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to deliver Heroin and Crack Cocaine. The officers contacted the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources who took temporary custody of the children.

    Officer Loretta has also applied to Berkeley County Magistrate Court for warrants for Charles Palmer III for Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin and Possession with Intent to Deliver Crack Cocaine, and Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to deliver Heroin and Crack Cocaine.

    Martinsburg Chief of Police Maury Richards and Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty both praised the teamwork and spectacular results of the MPD officers and JSCO deputies. “Drug dealers have no boundaries,” stated Chief Richards. “It takes officers working together across jurisdictional lines to achieve results like this. Deputy Kilmer, Sergeant Albaugh, and Patrolman Loretta did an absolutely amazing job. They deserve all the credit in the world,” Chief Richards added. “This is what real teamwork is all about,” said Sheriff Dougherty. “We’re proud to be partners with MPD and all law enforcement in the Eastern Panhandle. Our guys did a great job.” Chief Richards also noted that because the heroin and cocaine were recovered inside the King Street residence, he will be taking action to hold the property’s owner accountable for violation of the Martinsburg Drug House Ordinance.