Police: Two nabbed in heroin busts

VIENNA – Two people were arrested in separate heroin busts in Vienna Monday afternoon, officials said.

Around noon, Nathan C. Shelton, 31, of 504 25th St., Vienna, was arrested for two existing warrants for alleged delivery of heroin by the Vienna Police Department, said Sgt. Mike Pifer with the Vienna Police Department.

Shelton was arraigned in front of Wood County Magistrate Brenda Marshall on two felony charges for delivery of heroin and was assigned a bond of $50,000, which he was unable to make, Pifer said. He is being housed at the North Central Regional Jail.

At 4 p.m. Monday, Stephen R. Jenkins, 26, of 905 24th St., Vienna, was arrested by Vienna Police Department for two existing warrants for alleged delivery of heroin, Pifer said.

Jenkins was arraigned before Marshall on Monday night and assigned a bond of $50,000, which he was unable to make. He is being housed at the North Central Regional Jail.

The Vienna Police, Vienna Special Response Team, West Virginia State Police, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and the sheriff’s canine unit Benji arrived at Shelton’s home around noon to arrest him on the two warrants for delivery of heroin, Pifer said.

While law enforcement was present, they searched Shelton’s home, Pifer said. The search resulted in evidence of the distribution of “controlled substances including heroin, marijuana, pills, digital scales and packaging,” Pifer said. Officers also found a loaded handgun at Shelton’s residence, Pifer said.

Additional charges are pending against Shelton, Pifer said.

The arrests come as part of an ongoing investigation by Vienna Police Department and the W.Va. State Police, Pifer said. The investigation is concentrating on the distribution of controlled substances in Vienna, Pifer said.

The events have been described as a distribution ring by Vienna Police, who said more arrests will be coming in relation to this investigation, Pifer said.