MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Martinsburg Police Department announced the shut down of the 37th drug house under the City’s “Drug House Ordinance”.

According to a release from the department, Chief Maury Richards obtained an Order of Abatement to address the illegal drug activity at 220 Vicky Bullet Street.

The owner of the rental property has been identified as Mickey Duncan. He has been ordered to appear in front of a Municipal Judge on November 14.

The investigation into the house began after a search warrant was conducted on October 22. Police recovered 3.5 grams of crack cocaine, two digital scales used for weighing drugs, and $5,147 in suspect drug-money in the search.

Christopher Curbeam and a guest of the tenant, Natasha McCrorey, were arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine.

The Martinsburg Police Department’s Drug House Ordinance states:

“Under the provisions of the Drug House Ordinance, property owners are subject to fines if they fail to take appropriate action to abate the problem after 30 days of notification.  The Order of Abatement announced today contains compliance stipulations including:  evicting the problem tenants, other actions to prevent the recurrence of illegal drug activity, and mandating criminal background checks on future tenants to insure they are “free from convictions for prostitution; illegal gambling; illegal possession, storage, or delivery of or trafficking in controlled substances, or other illegal drug activity.”

Story by WEPM’s Elias McMillan

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