Order of Abatement Issued for Winchester Avenue Drug House

  • Order of Abatement Issued for Winchester Avenue Drug House

    Order of Abatement Issued for Winchester Avenue 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 423 Winchester Avenue, Apartment 1.  The owner of the multi-unit rental property has been identified as William Swimley of Winchester, Virginia and found to be in violation of the Drug House Ordinance.

    The latest police enforcement action originated from yesterday’s traffic stop and search warrant conducted by Corporal Justin Harper, Detective Sergeant Adam Albaugh, and other MPD officers.  514 grams of cocaine and other illegal drugs totaling an estimated street value of more than $103,000 were recovered from the Winchester Avenue apartment.  The apartment’s tenant, Michael Lee White, was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Cocaine, and Ecstasy.  MPD officers also seized $760 in suspected drug-money.

    Mr. Swimley is scheduled to appear before Municipal Judge Dale Buck on October 24, 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 Winchester Avenue rental property is the 34th 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%.