Deputies seize marijuana, cocaine in Martinsburg drug bust

Two suspected dealers in custody

Two suspected dealers in custody

April 17, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Police seized more than 17 pounds of marijuana and about 70 grams of cocaine, and arrested two Martinsburg-area men who they believe were dealing the drugs after a vehicle linked to the illicit business was stopped Tuesday night in southern Berkeley County, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Brandon Allen Andrews, 25, of 131 Cashmere Drive, was arraigned Wednesday morning by Berkeley County Magistrate Jim Humphrey on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (cocaine) and possession with intent to deliver marijuana filed by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy T.S. Shetley, according to court records.

Jeremy Edward Rinker, 23, of 40 Dunrobin Drive, was arraigned by Humphrey on a charge of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and driving (a vehicle) while his license was suspended for a non-DUI offense, according to court records.

About one pound of marijuana was found at a third residence in the 100 block of Cashmere Drive, according to a press release from Deputy Gary Harmison. No one was home when the residence was searched.


Andrews was taken to Eastern Regional Jail at 3:35 a.m. after police found 1.39 pounds of marijuana, about $14,000 worth of cocaine and $5,096 in cash in the bedroom area of his residence, according to court and jail records.

Rinker was admitted to the jail about an hour later and, like Andrews, was released after posting bail.

At Rinker's Dunrobin Drive home, police found about 16 pounds of marijuana packaged in a number of small plastic bags, along with containers and measuring scales, according to court and jail records.

Police also found several firearms at Rinker's residence, Harmison said.

The marijuana seized was estimated to be worth about $50,000, police said.

"I was up all night ..." said Sheriff W. Randy Smith, who described the amount of marijuana seized as "substantial."

Eight sheriff's department deputies and two West Virginia State Police troopers executed the search warrants, Harmison said.

Smith said he believed police could have recovered even more drugs if the bust had been done earlier.

Shetley stopped the vehicle Tuesday about 9:30 p.m., but Smith said police had been monitoring its travel for a couple of weeks.

During the traffic stop, Harmison said Shetley learned drugs were in the vehicle. The deputy was told by a confidential informant in the vehicle about three locations where drugs were being stored and dealt, which police then searched, Harmison said.

The driver of the vehicle and another male were not immediately charged.

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