2018-01-24 / Front Page

Officers arrest multiple suspects on heroin charges, warrants

Robert S. Cheatham, 45, of Berkeley Springs was arrested last Tuesday, January 16 by the West Virginia State Police following several months of investigation into his role in the distribution of heroin in Morgan County.

Cheatham has been charged with conspiracy, three counts of possession with the intent to deliver heroin and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court, Cheatham was distributing heroin from a residence on Sandstone Lane in Berkeley Springs between September and November of 2017.

Cpl. Samuel Smith of the West Virginia State Police alleged in his complaint that Cheatham had provided firearms to another man, James Brooks, to settle drug debts.

Brooks was recently indicted by the Morgan County Grand Jury for running a drug operation out of a Green Street apartment in downtown Berkeley Springs.

Cheatham is prohibited from buying or owning a firearm due to his alleged use and sale of narcotics, the complaint said.

According to court documents, Cpl. Smith and Berkeley Springs Police Chief T. J. Johnson interviewed Cheatham and determined from other evidence and suspect interviews that he was running a drug distribution operation.

Morgan County Magistrate Court issued an arrest warrant for Cheatham on January 10 and he was arrested on January 16 by Trooper V.E. Branham. Cheatham is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash/surety bond.

Jonathan A. Zimmerman, 28, of Hedgesville was arrested on Wednesday, January 17 after fleeing from police who responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 11000 block of Martinsburg Road. Officers were notified that a man resembling Zimmerman was seen climbing into a van belonging to Snyder’s Bible Chapel.

Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer and Chief Deputy John Walter responded to the church, where they allegedly found Zimmerman injecting a syringe into his arm.

Zimmerman was arrested with possession with intent to deliver heroin after officers located individually-wrapped containers of a brown substance, which later tested positive for heroin.

Sheriff Bohrer reported that Zimmerman was free on bond from Jefferson County felony charges. Zimmerman was also served with a family protection order while in custody, said the sheriff.

He is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $15,000 bond.

Zimmerman’s wife, Audrey R. Zimmerman, 27, of Hedgesville was also arrested by officers. She has been charged with obstructing an officer, and is being held in lieu of a $1,000 cash/surety bond.

Kevin R. Cain, 44, of Rio was arrested last Thursday, January 18 on a felony arrest warrant from Hampshire County for failing to appear in court in November 2017. Cain was located in a truck parked on Golden Lane in Berkeley Springs shortly before noon on Thursday.

Officers with the West Virginia State Police and Morgan

County Sheriff’s Department had received tips about Cain’s location.

Cpl. Samuel Smith of the State Police searched the truck where Cain had been staying and located a methamphetamine smoking pipe, a plastic baggie of suspected heroin and two straws associated with heroin use. Cpl. Smith arrested Cain for possession of heroin.

Capt. Tim Stapleton of the Sheriff’s Department arrested Cain on the Hampshire County warrant.

Cain is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond in the drug case. No bond is set on the Hampshire County charges.

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