Resident Complaints Result in Drug Arrests And Indictments

By Jean A. Flanagan
Moorefield Examiner –

In July 2013, numerous complaints by members of the community led Moorefield Police to initiate surveillance on a property in the unit block of Poplar Street. As a result, five people were arrested on drug charges.

In January, Moorefield Police and the Hardy County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant based on information received from the public and investigation begun in July 2013. Three people were arrested on drug charges.

“The Moorefield Police Department would like to express their appreciation to the community for its support,” MDP Chief Steve Reckart said. “We will continue to aggressively pursue this problem.”

These eight people were among 13 indicted by the Hardy County Grand Jury on Feb. 2 and arraigned on Feb. 11: 

*Andrew T. Tanner, 39, of Moorefield was charged with one count of attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, one count of possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy. 

*Christopher M. Sherman, 28 of Old Fields was charged with one count of attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, one count of possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy.

*Stephanie D. Crites, 23, of Old Fields, was charged with one count of attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory,  one count of possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy.

According to court documents, MPD and Hardy County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant on a home in the 500-block of Winchester Avenue. Tanner and Sherman were allegedly present when the search warrant was executed. Crites arrived while the search was taking place. 

Tanner, would not give a written statement to police, but allegedly admitted to making methamphetamine for six months.

Sherman allegedly admitted to purchasing pseudo ephedrine and other supplies to manufacture methamphetamine.

Crites allegedly admitted to helping manufacture and purchasing methamphetamine.

Resident Complaints Result in Drug Arrests And Indictments
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