- Nov 07
Order of Abatement Issued for Drug House on Vicky Bullet Street
The Martinsburg Police Department announced today the shutting down of the 37th drug house under the City’s innovative “Drug House Ordinance.” Police Chief Maury Richards appeared before Martinsburg Chief Magistrate Ella Buckner to obtain an Order of Abatement to address the illegal drug activity documented at 220 Vickey Bullet Street. The owner of the rental property has been identified as Mickey Duncan. Upon being notified of the ordinance violation, Mr. Duncan has already taken immediate action to abate the nuisance. He is scheduled to appear before Municipal Judge Dale Buck on November 14, 2018 to document compliance with the Chief Magistrate’s order to clean up the drug problem on the property and prevent it from recurring in the future.
The latest police enforcement action originated from a drug-selling investigation initiated by MPD Corporal Justin Harper led to a search warrant conducted on October 22nd by Harper, Captain Kevin Miller, Detective Corporal Jared Luciano, and fellow officers. The search warrant and related investigation resulted in the recovery of 3.5 grams of crack cocaine, two digital scales used for weighing drugs, and $5,147 in suspect drug-money. Placed under arrest was Christopher A. Curbeam, 47, who was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Crack Cocaine. Curbeam had been invited to stay at the residence by the tenant, Natasha McCrorey.
The Drug House Ordinance has continued to be an effective MPD and community drug-fighting tool. Calls-for-service at these locations have been reduced by 90%. 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. The Martinsburg Drug House Ordinance applies to owners of both rental and owner-occupied property.