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Police arrest two on drug charges in Vienna

VIENNA — A Vienna man was arrested on drug charges Thursday by the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force and the Vienna Police Department.

Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer said task force agents and Vienna officers executed a search warrant at 10 a.m. Thursday at 912 16th St. in Vienna, stemming from ongoing investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in the area.

The search by officers yielded amounts of suspected methamphetamine, fentanyl, and marijuana. Officers also located U.S. currency on the property, he said.

Information from the investigation also led officers to a room at the Wingate (by Windham) Hotel, located at 1502 Grand Central Ave. in Vienna. At the hotel officers located Benjamin M. Nash, 36, of Vienna, and Dakota L. Riel, 24, of Davisville. A search warrant was then obtained by the PNTF for the room occupied by the two and a search of the room yielded suspected marijuana and U.S. currency, Pifer said.

Nash was arrested on charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession with the intent to deliver fentanyl, both felonies. Riel was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant out of Jackson County and a capias from Wood County Magistrate Court, Pifer said.

Nash was arraigned at Wood County Magistrate Court on the charges. Both charges against Nash carry a potential penalty of not less than one nor more than 15 years in a state correctional facility. Nash’s bond was set at $10,000, which was not posted as of Thursday evening, Pifer said.

Riel was arraigned at magistrate court where bond was set at $25,000 for an outstanding charge of conspiracy to commit a felony, stemming from an alleged 2020 incident in Jackson County. Riel was confined on the capias charge and was unable to post bond on the felony charge.

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