Three arrested in bath salts bust

DAVISVILLE – Fireworks from law enforcement came a day early, as three Wood County men were arrested Wednesday morning after picking up a package of suspected bath salts from a post office.

Chad Christopher True, 33, 17 Ash Circle, Davisville; Dwayne Mark Karr Jr., 23, 1901 Seventh Ave., Parkersburg, and Brian Duane Shann, 38, 1009 E. 12th St., Parkersburg, were arrested by officers Wednesday morning after picking up a package of suspected bath salts that had been delivered to the Davisville Post Office at 6362 Staunton Ave. The three men were arraigned in front of Wood County Magistrate Joyce Purkey and are in custody in lieu of $175,000 cash bond.

All three asked for and were qualified for court-appointed attorneys.

Wood County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Shawn Graham said they are charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance (bath salts). Graham said officers have been conducting multiple investigations into bath salt distribution in the area.

“This investigation led investigators to a suspicious package that was delivered from China to the Davisville Post Office,” he said.

An agent with the narcotics taskforce said officers, acting on a tip, set up surveillance on the post office. Graham said the suspects picked up the package using a false identity.

Investigators confronted the three men who arrived together to pick up the package. According to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, Shann went in the post office and accepted the package. Upon the execution of a search warrant, about five ounces of suspected “bath salts” were found in the package, according to the criminal complaint. Results from a field test were positive for bath salts.

“We snagged them up after they got the package,” the agent said.

Graham said immediately after the arrest of the suspects, investigators executed search warrants on 16 and 17 Ash Circle in Davisville and a stolen Ford Mustang was recovered in the garage of 16 Ash Circle. Graham said while True’s address is 17 Ash Circle, police have information that people involved in the investigation have been using the property at 16 Ash Circle.

A neighbor, who declined to be identified, said True had been driving the car for some time.

“He stopped driving it. It went away and it came back recently,” the neighbor said.

The neighbor described True as a “troublemaker,” stating the house was often the scene of “suspicious activity.”

“Strange cars would pull up, someone would get out, go in the house for a few minutes, come back and leave. You knew what was going on.”

Graham said law enforcement officials have had multiple dealings with True in the past.

Graham said Wednesday’s activity was a cooperative effort by the sheriff’s office Narcotics Enforcement Team, state police, Parkersburg police, the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force and the FBI.

“This is continuing an investigation into the distribution of bath salts in the Wood County area,” Graham said. “The departments are accomplishing a lot lately.”

(Staff writer Jeffrey Saulton contributed to this report.)