Berkeley Co. man faces drug charges

March 21, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — About a pound of marijuana, two guns, morphine, methadone and other items were found when West Virginia State Police troopers searched a house on the western edge of Berkeley County on Monday at about 1:30 a.m., according to a state police news release.

Michael Neely, 57, who lives in the house at 164 Wayward Drive, was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of hydrocodone, possession of morphine, possession of methadone hydrochloride, possession of alprazalam and obstructing an officer, the release said.

The search of the house followed a call that state police received Sunday at about 10 p.m. for a complaint of gunshots being fired toward a house in the area of Wayward Drive. Wayward Drive is close to the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area in the area of Hampshire Grade Road, a 911 dispatcher said.

Trooper D.M. Hart responded to a house in the area and knocked on the door.

A person inside later identified as Neely shouted profanities and refused to answer the door, state police said.

Hart knocked on the door again and the man refused to answer, police said.

Trooper C.W. Cook arrived and Neely came out of his front door but would not show his hands, police said.

Troopers ordered Neely to show his hands and Neely shouted “Get off my property!” police said.

Troopers ordered Neely again to come out of his house and show his hands. Neely walked back in his house and slammed the door, police said.

About three minutes later, Neely opened the door to his house and police noticed a shotgun on the inside of the doorway, police said.

Neely was then arrested.

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