Narcotics task force makes three arrests

PARKERSBURG – Police officers and detectives made three arrests Thursday on Elm Tree Drive in Parkersburg.

A search warrant was executed around 11:30 a.m. at 113 Elm Tree Drive by the Wood County sheriff’s deputies, detectives, the sheriff’s office S.W.A.T. team, Parkersburg Police detectives, Parkersburg S.W.A.T., West Virginia State Police and agents with the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force.

Alan Keith Philpot, 45, 113 Elm Tree Drive, Parkersburg, was arrested on misdemeanor warrants on charges of driving on a license revoked for DUI. Philpot is out on bond on charges of possession with the intent to deliver marijuana and prohibited person in possession of a firearm from a Nov. 1, 2012 search warrant conducted at his residence, police said.

During the November incident, about 30 guns were confiscated from Philpot’s residence, police said.

Philpot was arraigned on the misdemeanor warrants and released on bond again Thursday, officials said.

During the search warrant, investigators said they located an undisclosed amount of pills, suspected bath salts and an undisclosed amount of marijuana. Officers also recovered at the residence a handgun, two shotguns, a rifle and two vehicles reported stolen from Parkersburg recently, police said.

Upon entering the residence, police said a canine became aggressive toward officers and was shot by a S.W.A.T. team member.

Additional charges from the evidence collected Thursday are pending, officials said.

While officers were on the scene, a vehicle pulled up with two males. Upon checking the persons in the vehicle, officers found both men were wanted by authorities; both were taken into custody.

Michael Allen Lightfritz, 32, of Belpre was arrested on a capias for failure to appear for sentencing on a DUI conviction. Lightfritz was confined to the North Central Regional Jail for 30 days, police said.

Brent W. Joyce, 38, of Parkersburg was arrested on a warrant for failure to pay child support. Joyce was confined to the regional jail.