- Nov 06
Quick Action by MPD Patrol Officers Shuts Down Surrey Court Drug House
The Martinsburg Police Department announced today the initiation of their latest case under the city’s “Drug House Ordinance” for the rental property at 217 Surrey Court after a drug investigation and search warrant by MPD Patrol Unit officers.
Chief Richards appeared before Martinsburg Chief Magistrate Ella Buckner to obtain an Order of Abatement to address the illegal drug activity documented at the location. The property owner has been identified as Steven Secrist of Apex HBR Inc. of Shepherdstown and found to be in violation of the Drug House Ordinance.
On November 1, 2019 at 10:50 p.m., Patrolman Aaron Miller responded to a call of a Medic Assist. Also responding were his fellow MPD Patrolmen Paul Lehman, Jose Boursiquot, and Larry Meeks. Once inside the Surrey Court townhouse, the officers encountered the tenant, Dylan Riggleman and co-resident, Markia Walker. While the tenant was receiving medical treatment from responding Fire Department personnel, the officers observed evidence of illegal drug use and drugs in plain view. Officer Miller immediately returned to the station to obtain a search warrant while his fellow officers secured the scene. During the search, additional drugs were found. As a result of their alert observations and quick action, Miller and his fellow officers recovered 89 grams of marijuana and 10 grams of psilocybin in the form of hallucinogenic mushrooms. Both drugs were packaged for distribution. Also recovered was a digital scale used in weighing and sale of illegal drugs and a rifle illegally in the possession of the tenant. Riggleman, 29, and Walker, 21, were both placed under arrest and charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana and Psilocybin. Riggleman was also charged with being a Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm.
“This is another outstanding team effort of MPD Patrol Unit officers,” stated Deputy Chief George Swartwood. “It’s this kind of hard work that is continuing to improve the quality of life in our community, one block at a time,” Swartwood added. Chief Maury Richards also recognized the alert observation and quick actions of his officers. “Patrolmen Miller, Lehman, Boursiquot, and Meeks did a great job in quickly responding, observing, and taking decisive action. Because of their excellent response, Martinsburg has one less drug house and one less place for drug dealers to live.”
Steven Secrist is scheduled to appear before Municipal Judge Dale Buck on December 17, 2019 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.
The Drug House Ordinance is an important component of the Martinsburg Police Department’s community-policing strategy and a powerful drug-fighting tool. Since its adoption in 2016, MPD has utilized the ordinance to shut down 59 drug houses. Repeat calls-for-service at these locations have been reduced by 90%. To fight the drug problem, Huntington, Parkersburg, Clarksburg, Fairmont, Wheeling, Buckhannon, Charles Town, Nitro, and Elkins have all enacted similar drug house ordinances based on Martinsburg’s.