PARKERSBURG - Two arrests were made in a drug raid of two residences on Lynn Street Monday afternoon, officials said.
Keith Mitchell Saunders, 43, of 906 Lynn St., was arrested and charged with delivery of a controlled substance.
John Dwayne Nicholas, 49, of 820 Lynn St., was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine and possesion of marijuana.
Lt. R.J. Young, right, and Capt. K.D. Roberts, left, of the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force, leave the scene of the drug busts that took place Monday afternoon on Lynn Street. (Photo by Michael Erb)
Officials said Nicholas had both substances in his possession during the stop. Nicholas was attempting to leave his residence when officials initiated the raid, said Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force officials.
Parkersburg Police Department Sgt. Greg Collins said about 30 officers were involved in the raid. Officials with the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force said the Parkersburg Police Department, Parkersburg SWAT Team, Wood County Sheriff's Department SWAT Team, Parkersburg Police Detective Bureau, West Virginia State Police and West Virginia National Guard RAID Team participated in the discovering of marijuana and cocaine at 820 Lynn St. and 906 Lynn St., simultaneously.
According to the police report, the search at 1:30 p.m. resulted in recovering marijuana, digital scales, packaging and other items consistent with the distribution of controlled substances.
Collins said the city's detective bureau and uniform division were on the perimeter of both homes. A National Guard helicopter assisted in the arrests, officials said.
The show of force and helicopter were for safety reasons and to send a message to other residents of the area who may be involved in the selling, trafficking or production of illegal substances, Collins said.
Saunders was arraigned by Wood County Magistrate Brenda Marshall and bond was set at $5,000. Nicholas was arraigned by Wood County Magistrate Robin Waters and released on a $3,000 bond Monday night.
If convicted of the two misdemeanor charges, Nicholas faces 90 days to six months in jail, Waters said.
Officials said the investigation is ongoing and the PNTF expects additional charges to be filed and additional arrests to be made.
The Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Parkersburg Police Department, Wood County Sheriff's Office, Vienna Police Department and West Virginia State Police.