- Jul 31
MPD Shuts Down Drug House 31 with Search Warrant and Meth Arrest
The Martinsburg Police Department announced today the initiation of another case under the city’s “Drug House Ordinance” for the rental property at 421 S. Raleigh Street. The Raleigh Street rental property is the 31st Drug House shut down by MPD under the City’s innovative drug fighting tool and came after a successful MPD search warrant and arrest late Sunday night.
Police Chief Maury Richards appeared today before Martinsburg Chief Magistrate Ella Buckner to obtain an Order of Abatement to address the illegal drug activity documented at the location. The owner of the Raleigh Street property has been identified as Fred Grubb, Jr. of Inwood and found to be in violation of the Drug House Ordinance.
On July 29th, Corporal Eric Neely and fellow MPD officers responded to a complaint of shots fired at 423 S. Raleigh Street. The officers quickly determined that Herman Brown, the tenant of 421 S. Raleigh, had threatened a woman with a gun and fired three shots in the air. Brown fired the shots within several feet of two buildings occupied by families with young children. The subject was located and detained. A namecheck revealed that Brown had an extensive criminal background including violent crime and drug convictions, making him a person prohibited from possessing a firearm. Based on this information, Corporal Neely obtained a search warrant for Brown’s neighboring apartment at 421 S. Raleigh Street.
After the officers gained entry they recovered over 2 ounces of methamphetamine, 2 grams of cocaine, 8 grams of marijuana, a .380 Ruger pistol, and $920 in suspect drug-money. Brown was placed under arrest and charged with Terroristic Threats, Wanton Endangerment, being a Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm, and Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Marijuana.
Martinsburg Chief of Police Maury Richards commended the latest successful enforcement efforts. “This is an outstanding example of initiative and teamwork,” stated Richards. “Corporal Neely and his fellow officers quickly put the investigation together and followed up with a search warrant and arrest. As a result of their excellent police work, a violent offender was taken off the street, another drug house has been shut down, and the decent people on the 400 block of South Raleigh Street are a lot safer,” Chief Richards added.
Fred Grubb is scheduled to appear before Municipal Judge Dale Buck on September 5, 2018 to provide evidence that he has complied with the Chief Magistrate’s order to clean up the drug problem on his property and prevent it from recurring in the future. Written notification has been sent to the owner.
The Drug House Ordinance has proved successful in not only shutting down drug-selling operations, but also in keeping problems from recurring at those locations. Calls-for-service records show that since the date of final disposition of the previous 30 Drug Ordinance cases, there have been zero complaints of drug-selling activity at any of these locations. Total calls-for-service at those locations were reduced by more than 90%.
The Martinsburg Drug House Ordinance applies to owners of both rental and owner-occupied property. Huntington, Parkersburg, Clarksburg, and Fairmont, West Virginia have enacted similar drug house ordinances based on Martinsburg’s to help fight the drug problem. Under the provisions of the Drug House Ordinance, property owners are subject to fines if they fail to take appropriate action to abate the problem after 30 days of notification.