2 arrested, 10 pounds of marijuana found

Charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver

From staff reports

PARKERSBURG — A call to check on the welfare of a woman this week resulted in two arrests and the confiscation of approximately 10 pounds of marijuana.

Parkersburg Police responded to 1024 Avery St., Apt. 2, Monday after a third party expressed concern about resident Ashley Nicole Kipe, 29, according to a press release from Police Chief Joe Martin.

Officers were unable to make contact with Kipe but observed through an open blind that furniture had been knocked over, glass broken and items strewn about the floor. Entering through an unlocked door, officers found blood on the floor, along with money, a box of sandwich bags and a small amount of marijuana, the release says.

Arthur Ramaris Steger, 37, of 166 North Hills Drive, Parkersburg, was found in an upstairs bedroom and said he did not know where Kipe was, the release says.

She was located a short distance away from the residence, and both were detained and taken to the Police Department.

Officers executed a search warrant at the residence and found approximately 10 pounds of marijuana, more than 60 Xanax pills, nearly $8,000 in cash, a Kimber handgun, drug paraphernalia and other items consistent with drug trafficking, the release says.

Kipe and Steger were both charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and are in custody at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County on $20,000 cash bonds.

Martin said people can anonymously submit tips on suspected drug activity at parkersburgpolice.com

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