Authorities in Parkersburg arrest three on drug charges
PARKERSBURG — Two people from Marietta and one person from Parkersburg were arrested Tuesday for fentanyl sales with around 24 grams found in their possession.
Following a call reporting loitering near a business on Eighth Street in Parkersburg, Andrew Robert Johnston, 41, 120 Franklin St., Marietta, Kelci Leann Wise, 20, 214 Pennsylvania Ave. Apt. 12, Marietta, and Chasity Hope Gibson, 28, 1131 Stadium Drive, Parkersburg, were found inside of a truck, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Wood County Magistrate Court.
Wise was in the passenger’s seat and told officers there were drugs in the vehicle, the complaint said.
Gibson was in the backseat and officers noticed her eyes were red and she wasn’t able to keep them open, the complaint said.
After the three were removed from the vehicle, police dog Hawk sniffed around and alerted to the passenger’s side door where a bag was found underneath the floorboards, the complaint said.
Inside the bag was a white residue, digital scales, baggies and about 1 gram of a powdery substance, according to the complaint.
A gram and a half of fentanyl was found inside a purse along with Wise’s driver’s license, a cell phone, a small notebook and a possible drug ledger, the complaint said.
Gibson’s backpack had a lockbox and after she gave officers the combination, 24 grams of fentanyl and small baggies were found inside, the complaint said.
Gibson also had over $600 in cash, according to the complaint.
Johnston gave a mirandized statement saying he drives the other two women around to conduct the drug transactions, the complaint said.
“(Johnston) stated he receives gifts and monetary items as well as money for driving the females to deliver drugs,” the complaint said.
Gibson, Johnston and Wise were charged with possession of fentanyl with the intent to deliver.
All three are being held at North Central Regional Jail; Gibson has a $100,000 surety bond, Johnston has a $200,000 surety bond and Wise has a $50,000 surety bond.
Candice Black can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.