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Deputies seize heroin, cash, stolen credit cards

April 04, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies raided an apartment and a motel room in the Martinsburg area early Sunday and found more than $2,200 worth of heroin, a large amount of cash and about seven stolen credit cards, according to a news release.

Deputy S.D. Myers initiated an investigation into two suspected drug operations and deputies requested search warrants for two locations, according to the release.

Magistrate Joan Bragg was contacted at about 2 a.m. Sunday and two search warrants were issued, the release said.

Myers and six other sheriff's department officers and a West Virginia State Police trooper first raided an apartment at 65 Porter Ave., the release said.

After people in the apartment were secured, Trooper K. Plummer used a drug-sniffing dog to search the apartment.

The dog pointed authorities to a bedroom where deputies found a large piece of heroin weighing more than 5 grams, the release said. Police said the heroin was found under a pillow.

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Deputies also found a large amount of money, several stolen credit cards, hypodermic needles and cooking spoons with heroin residue on them, the release said.

Justin William Ponton was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, Myers said.

Ponton, 21, of no fixed address, was being held Sunday evening in Eastern Regional Jail on $25,000 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

At about 3:30 a.m., deputies raided Room 118 of the Scottish Inns on Winchester Avenue and found several people inside, the release said.

During their search, deputies recovered 31 packages of heroin and a large amount of cash on one person, the release said.

In that raid, Dominic Case, 22, of no fixed address, was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, Myers said.

Case told police he has been staying in motels, Myers said.

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