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Authorities make more than a dozen arrests in drug case

PARKERSBURG — Four people are facing federal drug distribution charges and 11 Parkersburg residents were arrested for their involvement as a drug trafficking organization was taken down this week.

According to a press release from the United State’s Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia, Robert Sanders Jr., 30, 2005 Stephens Ave., Ashland, Ky.; Ambera Roberts, 33, 28 South Park Villa, Parkersburg; Carlo Ramsey, 56, 128 Rosemar Terrace, Apt. 212, Parkersburg; and Floyd D. Ramsey, 41, 7319 S. Oakley Ave., Chicago Ill.; are facing federal charges for their alleged involvement with a drug trafficking group.

The suspects are charged with helping to distribute methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine and marijuana in Parkersburg “and elsewhere,” the release said.

Criminal complaints for Sanders, Carlo Ramsey, Floyd Ramsey and Roberts were not available as they were sealed. Sanders, Floyd Ramsey and Carlo Ramsey are in custody.

Led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Parkersburg Violent Crimes and the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force, the investigation was nearly a year long and officials said the takedown was a “long time coming,” the release said.

“Drug trafficking organizations put our communities in harm’s way. I applaud the diligent work of our law enforcement partners whose efforts put long-standing drug dealers in Parkersburg out of business,” said acting U.S. Attorney Lisa Johnston. “The arrest of these individuals demonstrates our commitment to keeping highly addictive and dangerous drugs from destroying lives.”

The following people either obtained drugs from the group or helped to deliver drugs: Melvin Jerome Stubbs III, 45, 1215 30th St., Parkersburg; Mary Rader, 46, 27 Branam Drive Apt. 79, Parkersburg; Willie Robinson, 62, 917 13th St., Parkersburg; Carl Sartor, 41, 1704 Avery St., Parkersburg; Lyman Ramsey, 57, 912 East 12th St., Parkersburg; Michael Ramsey, 24, 2212 36th St. Apt. 13, Parkersburg; Mustafa Stubbs, 32, 1900 27th St. Apt. G, Parkersburg; Carl Ramsey-Shafer, 25, 128 Rosemar Terrace Apt. 212, Parkersburg; and Brian Triple (also known as Jevontae Taylor), 1341 Spring St., Parkersburg.

All are being charged with conspiracy and Rader, Robinson, Sartor, Lyman and Michael Ramsey, Stubbs and Triplet were released on $20,000 surety bonds; Melvin Stubbs was released on a $5,000 surety bond and Ramsey-Shafer was released on a $3,000 surety bond.

Ellsworth Edward Prall, 54, 1510 Cale St., Parkersburg, was arrested after the DEA conducted a search warrant and found three ounces of marijuana. He is being charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. He was released on a $10,000 surety bond.

“It is our hope that (Wednesday’s) arrests will significantly impact the distribution of illegal drugs in the Wood County area. This investigation and the subsequent arrests resulted from a collaborative effort between federal and state law enforcement agencies,” said Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Pat Lefebure. “The Wood County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia remain committed to prosecuting those individuals who bring and sell illegal drugs into our communities.”

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

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