Five face heroin dealing charges
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Five people arraigned Friday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court are accused of being involved in heroin deals made from a room at the Heritage Inn in Martinsburg, according to court records.
Meredith Nicole Ennis, 27, of 51 Gall Drive, Martinsburg; Richard Lee Bender, 24, of 31 Morningstar Drive, Kearneysville; and Kevin Gene Barron, 35, Bonnie Lou Barron, 42, and Lonnie Andrew Barron, 20, all of 117 S. Raleigh St., Martinsburg, each were charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, court records said.
All five were arrested Thursday night by West Virginia State Police and members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, who were investigating drug-dealing complaints, the records said.
At least a few of those charged began flushing heroin down the toilet in the motel room when police arrived, but officers still found multiple packs of heroin, according to a complaint filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court by State Trooper B.D. French.
Police seize 16 bags of heroin
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police seized 16 bags of heroin at a Martinsburg apartment Thursday night and charged a couple who resides there with one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.
Jason Neil Ennis, 27, and Sierra LeAnn Hernandez, 29, of 662 Faulkner Ave., Apt. A2, were arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on Friday, the court records said.
Eleven bags of heroin were found in a cigarette pack and five more were found on the floor of a bedroom in the apartment, according to a complaint filed with the court by Martinsburg Police Department Cpl. Frank Polinik.
Search and arrest warrants were executed by Martinsburg police officers and members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, according to court records.
Armed man charged in burglary attempt
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man accused of attempting to break into a home in Martinsburg's west end Friday morning was found in possession of stolen handgun and later told police he was member of a gang, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.
Sterling Raheem Jules, 18, of no fixed address, was in Eastern Regional Jail Friday on a $17,000 cash-only bond set by Magistrate JoAnn Overington, according to court and jail records.
Jules is charged with conspiracy, attempted burglary and carrying a concealed weapon, a .22 Ruger, court records said.
Darius Demonte McGhee, 21, of 2501 Harris Way, Apt. 417, Martinsburg, was charged with accessory before the fact of burglary and conspiracy, according to court records.
A 17-year-old boy also was detained by police who responded to investigate a report of a burglary in progress about 8:30 a.m., in the Martinsburg Station residential development, according to court records.
Police seized a .22-caliber long rifle from the vehicle that McGhee allegedly used to take the boy and Jules to the development, court records said.
McGhee denied having any knowledge of why Jules and the boy needed the ride to the development, records said.
Jules told police he went to a particular residence to take revenge against a woman who directed a racial slur toward him, but he only intended to scare her and mess up her house, records said.
Two men arrested, pot plants seized
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police on Friday seized eight small marijuana plants that had just sprouted and a .22-caliber pistol from the apartment of two men who were arrested on drug charges, according to court records.
Tyree Jebriel Ingram, 20, and Sierran Dantee Banks, 21, of 214 W. Burke St., Apt. 3A, Martinsburg, were arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow on one count of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a controlled substance user, court records said.