Two arrested on drug charges in Parkersburg
PARKERSBURG — Two men from Akron, Ohio, were arrested after a traffic stop on St. Marys Avenue Thursday.
According to a press release from Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin, at about 10:35 p.m. Thursday uniformed officers conducted the stop in the 1800 block of St. Marys Avenue.
Police said the vehicle, a black in color 2016 Jeep Compass with Ohio registration, was occupied by two males from Akron, Ohio. Officers detected the odor of suspected narcotics and used K9 Hawk to further their investigation, police said.
Hawk indicated on the front passenger door. Officers removed the two occupants to conduct a roadside interview and search the passenger compartment.
A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, police said. Police also found suspected methamphetamine in a hidden compartment inside the vehicle, Martin said.
Police said the driver, Marcus McAlister, 20, was searched and approximately $3,355 in U.S. currency was found. He was arrested without incident.
His passenger, Taevion Thompson, 19, provided officers with a false name initially, police said. Officers were able to determine his true identity and revealed he was wanted in Ohio for aggravated robbery. Thompson was arrested without incident.
Based on the total weight of the suspected methamphetamine, approximately one ounce, the two men were charged with possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, Martin said. Thompson was also charged with fugitive from justice, for the outstanding warrant for aggravated robbery.
They were arraigned Friday in Wood County Magistrate Court in front of Magistrate Jody Purkey, who set a bond of $100,000 for each man. Both men failed to post bond and are being held in the North Central Regional Jail.
It is unknown where these individuals were visiting and police are attempting to identify this location, Martin said. Anyone with information on these two men is asked to contact the department through parkersburgpolice.com, the deparatment’s Facebook Page, or call the detective bureau at 304-424-8440.