Drug operation nets four arrests

PARKERSBURG – Four people were arrested Wednesday night, including one man who was a fugitive out of Michigan.

The Parkersburg and Vienna Police Departments’ S.W.A.T. teams, Wood County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team, U.S. Marshals and the West Virginia State Police S.W.A.T. teams were all involved in a drug raid at 8:20 p.m. at 713 Hill St., Parkersburg.

Three local residents were arrested at 713 Hill St.

Kwante Johnson, 19, 713 Hill St., was arrested and charged with having a concealed weapon. Christopher Grinter, 27, 713 Hill St., was arrested on a felony warrant for distribution of crack cocaine. Paige Price, 20, 118 Ninth St., Parkersburg, was arrested on a capias for domestic battery, obstructing and assault of a police officer.

All three were taken to the Wood County Holding Center and will be arraigned this morning, officials said.

One man, wanted as a fugitive from justice in Washtenaw, Mich., was arrested at a house of interest, 714 1/2 Hill St., Parkersburg, police said.

Patrick Wayne Riggs, 51, 117 Victory St., Parkersburg, was charged with transferring and receiving stolen property, criminal sexual conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence.

The Parkersburg Narcotics Drugs Task Force conducted a search warrant on 713 Hill St. after receiving information it was a drug distribution operation, police said. Officials said the house was part of an ongoing investigation into the drug ring around the city.

“We’ve had information on the house for a while now,” said Chief Shawn Graham with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s not a fight we enjoy but a fight we are going to continue.”

Graham said working together with all local law enforcement departments has proven to be a quick and efficient task. By working together, the departments have been able to crack down on the drug distribution homes, he said.

“We are picking the houses in the community causing the most problems,” said Sgt. Greg Collins with the Parkersburg Police Department. “These drug search warrants are dangerous and this house was no different.”

Collins said guns, snakes and pit bulls were among the dangers officers faced and frequently see. No hazardous drug materials were found in the home, police said.