Police make drug arrest on Buckley Island

WILLIAMSTOWN — Several area law enforcement agencies responded to a call of multiple suspects on Buckley Island Thursday, an investigation which led to the arrest of one person on felony drug charges.

Buckley Island is just north of the Williamstown Boat Ramp on the Ohio River.

Williamstown Police Chief Shawn Graham on Friday said officers with U.S. Fish and Wildlife spotted and detained the five suspects on the island, and called for assistance from Williamstown Police because the island is within that department’s jurisdiction.

The Williamstown Police Department, in conjunction with the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and the West Virginia State Police, was involved in the investigation.

Police arrested Eric D. Marks, 45, of Spencer, on charges of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine after about 40 grams of suspected methamphetamine were recovered from Marks. One of the bags of suspected methamphetamine recovered from Marks had his name on it, Graham said.

Marks was taken for medical clearance prior to his arraignment at Wood County Magistrate Court. Marks was arraigned by Magistrate Jody Purkey and confined to the regional jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Samantha Marie Newcomb, 23, of Spencer, was charged with misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine as was Jessie Lyn Flesher, 25, of Silverton, W.Va., after smaller amounts of methamphetamine were recovered. Both were cited and released. Two other male individuals who were present were not charged with any crimes at this time due to the circumstances and evidence on scene, Graham said.

A search was conducted on the boat that the suspects had used to travel to the island and a loaded 9mm handgun was recovered. The firearm recovered had the serial numbers removed. The boat in question was impounded by agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

The investigation will be forwarded to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for consideration.

The Fish and Wildlife officers “did a great job, and we very much appreciate their efforts in helping us out on the river,” Grahm said. Graham also praised the other agencies involved, pointing out the gun was recovered after additional officers arrived to help with searching the boat.

“Once again, a great job of multiple agencies working together,” he said. “None of the departments involved worry about where the credit goes; we are all focused on the mission, which is keeping our communities as safe as possible.”

The Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Williamstown Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Parkersburg Police Department, Vienna Police Department and the W.Va. State Police.

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