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Parkersburg traffic stop leads to five arrests on drug offenses

Charley Jean Ruiz

PARKERSBURG — Five people were charged with drug offenses after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon by the Parkersburg Police Department, the Parkersburg Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force said.

At about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Officers W.D. Reifsteck and J. Fox stopped a silver Chevrolet Camaro near 16th Street and Park Avenue where Deputy Sheriff T.D. Marlow of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist with Ogi, the office’s anti-crime police dog.

Officers found about 5 pounds of suspected methamphetamine and a large amount of U.S. currency, the task force said. Occupants of the vehicle were the driver, Charley Ruiz from Charleston and a passenger, Warren Tucker from Columbus, the task force said.

After the traffic stop, the Parkersburg Police Department S.W.A.T. Team and agents with the task force executed a search warrant on a residence connected to the silver Chevrolet Camaro at 1509 Covert St. Apt. B in Parkersburg, the task force said.

During the execution of the search warrant, agents located about 1.9 pounds of suspected fentanyl, 1.8 pounds of marijuana, 98 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 143 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 95 suspected alprazolam pills, digital scales, packaging materials and a large amount of U.S. currency, the task force said.

Warren Steven Tucker

Arrested from the residence was Michael Fowler from Columbus, the task force said.

A blue Chevrolet Cobalt was observed leaving the residence while S.W.A.T. was enroute to the residence and prior to the execution of the search warrant at 1509 Covert St., the task force said.

The occupants of the vehicle observed law enforcement and threw items from the vehicle and then fled on foot prior to a traffic stop being conducted, the task force said. The items thrown from the vehicle were determined to be a baggy containing about 3 grams of suspected fentanyl and a bag containing 18 grams of marijuana, the task force said.

Both occupants, Scott Bush and Jennie Tranter, were located and arrested, at which time U.S. currency and baggies were located, the task force said.

The task force cited the cooperation between all departments involved.

Michael Fowler

The charges were:

* Charley Jean Ruiz, 33, Charleston, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, for possession with intent to deliver marijuana and on a domestic battery warrant. She was arraigned before Magistrate Robin Waters who set bond at $75,000 surety.

* Warren Steven Tucker, 33, Columbus, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and for possession with intent to deliver marijuana. He was arraigned before Magistrate Brenda Marshall where bond was set at $75,000 surety.

* Michael Fowler, 41, Columbus, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver fentanyl, for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession with intent to deliver marijuana. He was arraigned before Marshall, who set bond at $250,000 surety.

* Scott Dewayne Bush, 41, Davisville, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver fentanyl. He was arraigned before Marshall and a $75,000 surety bond was imposed.

Scott Dewayne Bush

* Jennie Iona Tranter, 42, Parkersburg, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver fentanyl. She was arraigned before Marshall where a $75,000 surety bond was set.

The task force is comprised of investigators from the Parkersburg Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Department, Vienna Police Department, Williamstown Police Department and the West Virginia State Police.

Jennie Iona Tranter

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