Parkersburg drug busts yield 3 arrests


PARKERSBURG — A combined 177 grams of methamphetamine and over 130 grams of fentanyl were seized from two drug busts that resulted in the arrests of three people.

Friday, agents from Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the residence of Dale E. Massey, 44, 800 Seventh St., Apt. 5, Parkersburg, and Alexis Alberry, 28, same address, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Wood County Magistrate Court.

Several people were inside the residence. Massey said he and Alberry, his girlfriend, had been sleeping in the living room area, the complaint said.

The search yielded 154 grams of methamphetamine, 37 grams of fentanyl and a small amount of marijuana which were in the living room, according to the complaint, and about 9 grams of fentanyl was found in a lockbox among Alberry’s belongings.

A handgun also was found behind the couch in the living room, the complaint said.

Massey was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and is being held at North Central Regional Jail on a $100,000 surety bond. Alberry was charged with possession of fentanyl with the intent to deliver and is being held at North Central Regional Jail on a $50,000 surety bond.

Saturday, an officer was in the Go-Mart gas station lot near Highland Avenue when he was approached by people saying they saw a male walking and they were concerned for his safety, according to the criminal complaint.

The officer was able to meet with Clifford Jonathan Collins, 31, 114 McVey Way, Charleston, the man in question, the complaint said. The officer noticed Collins looking around and reaching toward his pocket.

When the officer asked Collins to take his hands out of his pocket, he fled and went to grab something inside of his front pocket which the officer believed to be a weapon at the time, according to the complaint.

When he took his hand out of his pocket, he threw a bag with a white substance in it and after the officer held him on the ground at gunpoint, he was taken into custody, the complaint said.

Collins said he had methamphetamine and fentanyl and that was the reason he ran; “he was nervous and knew he had what he claimed to be a large amount of drugs on him,” the complaint said.

The bags were found in a grassy area near the I-77 South ramp. Eleven small bags with a total of 85 grams of fentanyl were found along with a bag of 23 grams of methamphetamine and $1,443 in cash, according to the complaint.

Collins was charged with possession of fentanyl and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver and is being held at North Central Regional Jail on a $200,000 surety bond.

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


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