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Drug sweep leads to arrests of five in W.Va.

April 13, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Five people who were arrested Wednesday face drug-related charges stemming from investigations by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Robert Leroy Stevens, 21, of 651 Faulkner Ave. in Martinsburg, and Katherine Lynn Renew, 20, of 41 Advantage Drive in Martinsburg, each were charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to records.

West Virginia State Police troopers D.S. See, M.D. Gillmore and C.A. Ellwanger, along with Task Force members, detained Stevens and Renew at 53 Lynmyer Lane in the Sportsman's Paradise subdivision in northern Berkeley County upon executing a search warrant, according to a complaint filed by Gillmore.

Beneath the kitchen sink, police found an Ajax cleanser bottle with a fake compartment, and about 15 grams of crack cocaine and 15 grams of powder cocaine were found in the home, according to the complaint.

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About $2,000 bundled with a rubber band was discovered beneath a couch cushion in the living room, according to the complaint.

The same troopers stopped a blue Mercury Grand Marquis on Nadenbousch Lane near U.S. 11 at about 10 p.m. Wednesday and arrested three men who allegedly sold drugs to undercover Task Force members, according to records.

Jaime Miguel Walker, 21, of 214 Pony Circle in Martinsburg, Livingston S. Green, 19, of 620 Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg, and Elan Bell-Veney, age and address unavailable, each were charged with distribution of crack cocaine, according to records.

It was not clear whether Wednesday's arrests were related to each other or to the arrest of a sixth person earlier in the week after a drug deal in Sportsman's Paradise orchestrated by Task Force officers and a "cooperating individual."

Herman Terrell Govan, 23, of 201 Trimble Ave. in Martinsburg, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of distributing crack cocaine filed by Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. T.M. Snyder.

Magistrate Jo Ann Overington set $100,000 bonds for Stevens and Renew, and $50,000 bonds for the other four individuals, according to records.

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