18 ‘Project Parkersburg’ suspects arraigned by feds

PARKERSBURG — Of the 30 people arrested Thursday in what was termed as “Project Parkersburg” by Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin and United States Southern District of West Virginia Attorney Michael B. Stuart, 18 went to Charleston for arraignment on federal drug-related indictments.

The 12 remaining suspects in the drug raid were arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court by magistrates Joe Kuhl and Jody Purkey.

Purkey arraigned nine of the 12 with Wood County Magistrate Court reporting each were given a $75,000 surety bond. Purkey said police came to Wood County Magistrate Brenda Marshall Wednesday night for 21 warrants on conspiracy charges.

“The conspiracy charges go from two years minimum to 10 years maximum with the possession with intent to deliver are one to five years,” he said. “Of the 12 arraigned, one person, Paul (Allen) Adkins of (1023 38th Street) Vienna, was released on a $10,000 bond.”

Purkey said the arrested dozen were arraigned beginning at 11:45 a.m. and were finished by 1 p.m. Thursday. Those not making bail were taken to the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County.

“Most asked for a court appointed attorney,” said Purkey, “but so far none have been appointed,” as of 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Purkey said the incarcerated and alleged drug dealers “are entitled to a felony preliminary hearing in magistrate court within 10 days. And since there are 12 and four magistrates, depending who chooses to do what, each magistrate may get two or three cases apiece.”

Purkey said the Wood County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will present evidence to a magistrate to see if probable cause is found to bound the case over to circuit court for a grand jury indictment.

“The streets are safer because of this,” said Martin. “We’re going to remove drug thugs and dealers. We’ve run out of patience with them.”

The following suspects were arraigned on charges by the Wood County Magistrate Court on Thursday:

* Terry Abbott, 44, 1708 Staunton Ave., Parkersburg, was arraigned for conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for redistribution. He is being held at the North Central Regional Jail on a $75,000 surety bond.

* Ronnie Lee Lockhart Jr., 24, 1701 Staunton Ave., Parkersburg, was arraigned on three charges of manufacturing, delivering, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, methamphetamine, and is being held at the North Central Regional Jail on a $75,000 surety bond.

* Guy Eugene Morris, 44, 923 Swann St., Parkersburg, was arraigned for conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for redistribution, and is being held on a $10,000 cash bond at the North Central Regional Jail.

* Laciey Cane, 23, 821 ¢ Quincy St., Parkersburg, was arraigned on a charge of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for redistribution and is being held on a $75,000 surety bond.

* Uriah Charles Parker, 41, 1011 Swann St., Parkersburg, was charged with conspiring to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for redistribution and is being held at the North Central Regional Jail on a $75,000 surety bond.

* Johnny Warren Turley, 40, 1333 Dillaway St., Parkersburg, was arraigned for conspiring to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamines, for redistribution and is being held at the North Central Regional Jail on a $5,000 cash bond.

* Paul Allen Adkins, 36, 1023 38th St., Vienna, was arraigned for conspiring to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine for redistribution and was released on a $10,000 surety bond.

* Joshua David Chichester, 32, 1444 Jesterville Road, Parkersburg, was arraigned for conspiring to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamines, for redistribution and is being held at the North Central Regional Jail on a $75,000 surety bond.

* Kerstin Lynne Johnson, 60, 904 Virginia Ave., Parkersburg, was arraigned for conspiring to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamines, for redistribution and is being held at the North Central Regional Jail on a $75,000 surety bond.

The police released that Cassandra Miller, Carrie Priest and Josh Heiney were also state arrests, but further information on their charges were not available Thursday.

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