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Nine arrested on various charges in raid on Martinsburg residence

March 19, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Nine people were arrested and police seized an AK-47 assault rifle, four handguns, marijuana and other drugs at an Albert Street residence Sunday night in Martinsburg, according to court and jail records.

Brandy R. Koontz, 23, and Brandon L. Watson, 28, of 719 Albert St., were arraigned Monday by Magistrate Jim Humphrey on two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy, according to court and jail records.

Also charged in the bust were:

Matthew D. Shank, 19, of 58 Cracked Walnut Way, Martinsburg, on two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy.

Martinsburg residents Caleb A. Sinclair, 25, of 208 Pennsylvania Ave., Ras M. Harrison, 24, of 503 Half St. No. 5, Desmond D. Spencer, 24, of 700 W. Burke St., and Crystal L. Maphis, 27, of 608 Albert St. Each was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit a felony against the state.

John B. Chambers II, 20, of 342 Canterbury Drive, Martinsburg, on one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Ronald E. Dibert, 21, of 25 Regiment Lane, Martinsburg, on one count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

The arrests happened after police responded to 719 Albert St. to investigate a reported disturbance, according to court documents.

Dibert was found sitting in a Dodge Neon outside the residence and appeared “very nervous” when a Martinsburg Police Department patrol officer approached him, according to court documents.

After Dibert agreed to get out of the vehicle, police spotted inside the car a bag containing “white chunks” that were later determined to be 15.3 grams of cocaine, according to court documents.

Police said Chambers later indicated he took the cocaine to the Albert Street residence to sell it to Shank, according to court records.

A search of 719 Albert St. led police to the basement, where the other seven people were found, according to court records.

Police found a Kimber .45-caliber ACP and a HI-Point 9 mm handgun, along with the AK-47 in a basement bedroom belonging to Watson and Koontz, according to court documents. Four bags of marijuana weighing a total of 157.2 grams were found in coats hanging in the bedroom closet, according to court records.

A Kimber .45-caliber handgun also was found near the toilet in the bathroom, along with marijuana that had been moistened and rolled in wet toilet paper and hidden in the trash, according to court records. Sinclair told police the gun in the bathroom belonged to him, according to court documents.

A Ruger LCP .380-caliber handgun was found under a roll of paper towels on the television stand in the living room, according to court documents. Spencer told police the Ruger belonged to him, according to court records.

An additional 13.1 grams of marijuana and five Oxycodone tablets were found in the drink bar in the living room, according to court records.

Police said they seized $1,677 in cash from Spencer, who indicated he did not have a job to account for the money, according to court documents.

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