Three men face charges in separate drug cases
PARKERSBURG — Three men were arrested over the weekend after separate incidents involving drug sales.
Following a traffic stop stemming from a registration violation, Mark Andrew Ramsey, 36, homeless, was arrested Sunday after he was found with heroin, according to the criminal complaint filed with the Wood County Magistrate Court.
Police dog Hok responded to the scene to sniff the vehicle and a black lockbox was located, the complaint said. Ramsey and the three other passengers in the car all denied ownership of the box but Ramsey had the key, the complaint said.
Inside the box was over three grams of a substance believed to be heroin or fentanyl, 0.7 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, a digital scale, baggies, needles, foil, a glass smoking pipe and alcohol pads, according to the complaint.
Ramsey is being charged with the possession of heroin with the intent to deliver and his bond was set at $10,000 cash.
Another man was arrested following a separate incident involving the sale of fentanyl.
According to a criminal complaint filed with the Wood County Magistrate Court, Dalton Corey Drummond, 28, 144 Jesterville Road, Parkersburg, was pulled over after law enforcement saw him driving when they knew he didn’t have a license.
After pulling him over, the officer conducted a pat-down of Drummond and found a non-anatomical bulge in his pants which turned out to be a pill bottle filled with fentanyl and small baggies, the complaint said.
Drummond is being charged with the possession of fentanyl with the intent to deliver and bond was set at $15,000 cash.
Following a search warrant of the residence of Chad Allen Russell, 45, 2204 16th St., Parkersburg, a total of eight grams of fentanyl was seized from the residence, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Wood County Magistrate Court.
Russell’s wallet with a Belpre Police identification badge, a handgun with a bullet in the chamber and two magazines were found beside the bed, the complaint said.
The homeowner, James David Johnson, 50, same address, was interviewed and said Russell had been selling drugs out of the home and would trade drugs for property, the complaint said.
Johnson also admitted to using drugs and said he had accepted drugs as payment for rent, the complaint said.
Russell had reportedly been living at the residence for around six months without any other steady income, the complaint said.
Russell was charged with the possession of fentanyl and was being held on a $100,000 surety bond. Johnson was charged with maintaining a dwelling for drug use and was released on a $2,500 surety bond.
According to the Parkersburg Police Department, the search warrant of Russell’s residence was largely due to tips from the public and the department encourages people to continue to submit tips on possible drug activity.
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