- Sep 11
MPD Shuts Down East Burke Street Drug House
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 487 East Burke Street. The owner of the rental property has been identified as Ms. Codie J. Calvert and found to be in violation of the Drug House Ordinance.
The latest police enforcement action was initiated after police responded on September 5th to a call of a fight and destruction of property at the East Burke Street residence. After observing evidence of illegal drug use including multiple used syringes, Patrolman Chris Williamson and Sergeant Frank Polinik obtained a written consent to search the apartment from the tenant, Kyle Mason Simmons. The officers discovered quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, and a digital scale used in the weighing and selling of drugs—all belonging to the tenant. Simmons was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Methamphetamine. MPD officers also seized $1,029 in suspected drug-money.
The officers encountered two other individuals in the residence. Brittany Shaffer was placed in custody after a name check revealed that she had an active warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and David Lee Bennet was cited for being in possession of fraudulent identification. Patrolman Williamson has contacted Children’s Protective Services to investigate after he and Sergeant Polinik learned that Williams’ two young children live with him in the residence. Neither child was present during the police response on September 5th.
Codie Calvert is scheduled to appear before Municipal Judge Dale Buck on October 24, 2018 to provide evidence that she has complied with the Chief Magistrate’s order to clean up the drug problem on her property and prevent it from recurring in the future. Written notification has been sent to the owner.
The Burke Street rental property is the 35th Drug House shut down by MPD under the City’s innovative drug fighting tool. Calls-for-service at these locations have been reduced by more than 90%. A review of MPD dispatch records shows that this was the ninth time that police had been called to 487 East Burke Street during the past year.
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.