Two arrested on drug trafficking charges

ST. MARYS — Two men were arrested and charged with possessing and delivering controlled substances in the Pleasants County area.

Following a search warrant, the Pleasants County Sheriff’s Department arrested Phillip Edward Butler of Marietta, 37, and Robert Nolan of Belmont, the sheriff’s department said.

The warrant was executed in St. Marys in reference to Butler where law enforcement discovered heroin, a significant amount of methamphetamine and over $2,800 along with large amounts of packaging material, scales and baggies and other materials to suggest distributing controlled substances, the sheriff’s department said.

Butler also was in possession of two loaded and concealed firearms, the department said.

Butler was charged with several felony charges involving drug distribution and the firearms which were recovered at the scene and he was found to have warrants out of Wood and Washington counties and Morgantown, the release said.

As the investigation continued, the sheriff’s department found multiple drug transactions of methamphetamine in the Pleasants County area which involved Butler and other individuals in the area, the department said.

The investigation led law enforcement officers to Henry Camp Road in Pleasants County where they found a large amount of methamphetamine and arrested Nolan, the sheriff’s department said.

The St. Marys Police Department and West Virginia State Police helped with the investigation, the sheriff’s department said.

Butler is being held at North Central Regional Jail.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.


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