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30 people arrested in Parkersburg drug raid


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin, center, speaks during an early afternoon press conference Thursday detailing arrests during the drug sweep. Michael B. Stuart, United States Attorney of the Southern District of West Virginia, left, and Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce listen.
(News and Sentinel photo by Jeff Baughan)

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — The knock at the door at 6 a.m. was not a neighbor as members of the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force (PNTF) along with federal agencies swept through Parkersburg residences, arresting 30 people and confiscating 150 pounds of methamphetamine, four pounds of heroin and approximately $86,000 in currency.

Multiple units in teams of six to eight members gathered at approximately 5 a.m. Thursday in Parkersburg and deployed shortly afterward with the operation getting underway at 6 a.m.. Williamstown Police Chief Shawn Graham stated by 6:45 a.m., agents had secured 20 of the 30 arrests made. “It was fast. No one came to play games. It was all serious and everyone seemed to come through it with no injuries.”

“It’s the biggest drug investigation in the history of the Parkersburg Police Department,” said Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin. “Our reach into being able to deal with drug trafficking is farther than it ever has been because of the cooperation of the departments within Wood County. The mission today is to make the area safer for kids and all people of Wood County. Because of today, we can be a lot more aggressive on our targets.”

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