2017-03-15 / Front Page

Two drug raids yield four arrests, major seizure of drugs and cash

Over 90 grams of suspected heroin, $22,000 in cash seized
Kate Shunney

Police from multiple agencies executed search warrants at three addresses late Thursday night in Morgan County as part of a two-month drug investigation, and arrested four people, including a father and son, on drug-related charges. Officers seized more than 90 grams of suspected heroin, $22,000 in cash, several weapons, suspected marijuana and pills during the raids.

According to Morgan County Sheriff KC Bohrer, the street value of the drugs seized was over $25,000.

Search warrants for two residences in the 2000 block of Winchester Grade Road in Berkley Springs were executed at roughly 8:30 p.m. on March 16. One home and a camper, located on Gravy Lane, were searched by multiple officers, including six deputies from the Sheriff's Department, two troopers with the West Virginia State Police, the Town of Bath police chief and two investigators from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Robert C. Harvey, 29, of Berkeley Springs was arrested on charges of possession with the intent to deliver heroin. Harvey was jailed Thursday night in lieu of a $50,000 bond but was released from custody on Friday.

His father, Roger L. Harvey, 55, also of Berkeley Springs was arrested and charged with delivery of a controlled substance, heroin. He was jailed in lieu of a $15,000 bond.

According to a press release from Sheriff Bohrer, officers seized over 91 grams of suspected "pure" or uncut heroin, marijuana, pills, drug paraphernalia and over $22,000 in U.S. currency. Sheriff Bohrer and other officers on the scene said the Harvey residence contained a "cut table" -- a tabletop where it appeared they would take "pure" or bulk heroin and cut it with additives for sale to individuals. Sheriff Bohrer said analysis of the substances at the residence will indicate whether they include fentanyl, a powerful tranquilizer sometimes added to heroin. Fentanyl has been blamed for many overdose deaths in West Virginia.

Also seized at the residences were nine weapons, including handguns and rifles. Officers involved in the search indicated there were a large number of people at the residences when police arrived to execute the search warrants.

Samantha S. Waugh, 22, of Southridge Drive in Berkeley Springs was also charged following the search. She was charged with conspiring to possess and deliver a controlled substance. Waugh was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. According to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court, Lt. Seth Place of the Morgan County Sheriff' Department saw Waugh leaving the residence being searched. He issued several verbal commands for Waugh to stop, but had to chase her as she allegedly tried to flee into the woods near the residence. Lt. Place reported that Waugh admitted she was at the Harvey residence to buy narcotics.

In a separate incident, Bath Police Chief T. J. Johnson arrested Brian C. McBee, 32, of Briarwood Lane and charged him with possession of heroin with the intent to deliver the drug and conspiracy. Johnson, assisted by officers of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police, executed a search warrant at McBee's residence on Thursday evening. Police located nine packs of suspected heroin at the home. McBee was jailed in lieu of a $20,000 bond.

Sheriff Bohrer, referring to the seizure of drugs from the Harvey residences, said the raid yielded significant results.

"This is extremely large for Morgan County and extremely large for the Eastern Panhandle," he said. "All our intelligence is that he is a major trafficker, primarily in Morgan County, but with a nexus to other areas."

Bohrer said the Sheriff's Department has been working with the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in conjunction with their ongoing investigations, in addition to sharing information with other law enforcement agencies in the county and regionally.

"Everybody is sharing information. I think we're all working well together," said Bohrer. He said the public has also provided information to the department that has helped the ongoing drug investigations.


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