Police say heroin, cash found in Martinsburg apartment

September 17, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police allege they found 44 packets of heroin inside a home in Martinsburg Wednesday and found 60 packets in a sewer drain after a man inside tried to flush them down a toilet.

Anthony Tyrone Branson, 35, of 208 Gate St., was charged with distribution of heroin and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Cpl. Brendan Hall and Deputy S.D. Myers, with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, investigated.

The case began when a man police alleged was Branson sold two packets of heroin to a confidential informant for $60 on Sept. 9, according to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.


After obtaining a search warrant on Wednesday, police searched Branson's home at 6 p.m. As he walked toward a back bedroom, Hall saw a man flushing something down the toilet, records allege.

Hall ordered the man to move away from the toilet, and after the man refused Hall shot him with an electric blast from a Taser gun, stunning the man, records state.

In a nightstand in the bedroom, officers found 42 packets of heroin, and two packets were found in a dresser drawer, police alleged.

Such packets are commonly associated with drug dealing, police said.

Police also seized drug paraphernalia, a large amount of cash and 37 OxyContin pills from the home, Hall said.

Hall estimated the 8.6 grams of heroin seized had a street value of $4,000 to $5,000.

Branson was released after posting $50,000 bail.

Conviction on a charge of either distribution of heroin or possession with intent to deliver heroin carries a sentence of one to 15 years in prison.

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