Five charged with drug offenses

December 09, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Five people were charged and police seized six firearms from a Martinsburg home Monday as part of an investigation of alleged drug-dealing activities, according to police and court records.

Lateef McGann, 18, no address available, was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Jesse Allen Jarvis, 20, of 110 S. Kentucky Ave., in Martinsburg, was charged with possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

Shaina Ellen Jarvis, 18, no address available, and Bernadino Lee Perez, 19, no address available, were charged with obstruction of a police officer, according to police.

Gabriel Christopher McGuire, aka Ziggy, 21, no address available, was charged with distribution of a controlled substance and two traffic offenses after the vehicle he was driving on Monday afternoon was stopped by West Virginia State Police Trooper M.A. Cole, according to court records.


McGuire allegedly sold $100 in heroin on Thursday at the South Kentucky Avenue residence to a confidential informant assisting the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, according to a complaint by State Police Cpl. B.W. Bean, who filed the complaint against McGuire.

On Monday, the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the Martinsburg Police Department Special Response Team searched the South Kentucky Avenue home, police said.

McGann, Jesse Jarvis and Shaina Jarvis attempted to flee from the home out the back door, but were caught by Task Force officers, police said.

Police said McGann and Jarvis were carrying .357 handguns and McGann was found with crack cocaine.

In addition to the handguns, police found a sawed-off shotgun, two other shotguns and a third handgun in the home, police said.

McGuire was behind the steering wheel of a Ford Focus when Cole stopped the car on W.Va. 9 near Mid Atlantic Parkway and was cited for no operators second offense and no insurance, according to court records.

Magistrate Harry L. Snow set a $25,000 cash-only bond for McGuire on the drug charge and a $10,000 bond for the traffic offenses, records show.

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