On Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Ptlw. Shanna Spiker and Ptlm. Staub of the Martinsburg Police Responded to 121 South Church Street, Apartment 4, Martinsburg to an ongoing dispute with the female resident’s boyfriend, Jason East. It was then determined that Mr. East was not present in the residence. While at the residence, officers observed items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine and located a cooking apparatus in a closet.
Based on the findings in the apartment, it was decided to have the building evacuated until the scene could be assessed. After evacuation, agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Hagerstown MD were contacted and soon arrived to assist the Martinsburg Police Department. The residence was then secured until a search warrant was obtained.
While assessing the methamphetamine manufacturing materials inside the residence, officers from the Martinsburg Police Department were informed that Jason East had been stopped and arrested by the West Virginia State Police under similar circumstances involving methamphetamine.
On Thursday, February 18, 2010, personnel from the Martinsburg Police Department, DEA, Office of Emergency Services and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection responded back to residence to conduct a search and to remove all materials associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
On Friday, February 19, 2010, Jason East was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine.
A photograph of Jason East can be obtained via the Eastern Regional Jail’s website at www.wvrja.com
Jason Aubrey East
Charge: Manufacturing Methamphetamine