2017-09-06 / Front Page

Police charge local man for making meth in downtown apartment

by Kate Shunney


Coby J. Trail Coby J. Trail Officers from three police agencies searched a Berkeley Springs apartment on August 25 and charged a local man for running a methamphetamine-making operation.

Downtown residents saw the raid unfold.

Coby J. Trail, 40, was arrested for operating a clandestine drug lab in the 200 block of North Washington Street.

Patrolman Tony Link of the Berkeley Springs Police Department secured the search warrant for Trail’s apartment on August 17 after a confidential informant allegedly bought drugs at the location.

According to a criminal complaint and documents in Morgan County Magistrate Court, officers returned to the residence on Friday, August 25 just after 9 p.m. to search the apartment.

Link was assisted by Lt. Seth Place of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and Cpl. Jeremy Mc- Donald of the West Virginia State Police.

According to the complaint against Trail, the suspect was home at the time of the search, along with his girlfriend and a 3-year-old child. The woman and child were removed from the residence during the search.

Officers located several smoking devices, including a glass pipe, multiple cell phones, a bottle of methadone prescribed to another person and a tool bag containing items related to the making of methamphetamine.

According to police, Trail had the ingredients and equipment used for a “shake and bake” drug-making operation.

Among the items found by officers were six boxes of pseudoephedrine medication, the main ingredient for meth.

Police allege that Trail admitted to making the drug, and said he traded it for other drugs or sold it when he needed money.

Patrolman Link indicated in search warrant documents that Berkeley Springs police had received at least two tips from individuals in June and July that Trail was possibly making meth at the apartment. Several individuals identified the residence by its red door.

Court records indicate that officers had observed a lot of vehicles visiting that location, most of them with Maryland and Pennsylvania vehicle registrations.

The apartment has been sealed because meth labs are treated as hazardous materials by police and environmental experts.

A preliminary hearing in the case was set in Magistrate Court for yesterday, September 5.

Trail is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash or surety bond.

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