Four Charged With Heroin Trafficking

An traffic stop by police has resulted in four people being charged with delivering heroin from Pittsburgh to West Virginia.

Colby Justin Acree, 20; Brock Ian McMahon, 20; Joshua Ryan Matthews, 29; and Naticia Lynne Lallathan, 27, all of Paden City, were arraigned Thursday in Wetzel County Magistrate Court. Each is charged with one count of felony conspiracy to deliver heroin. They were being held late Thursday in the Northern Regional Jail, each in lieu of $20,000 bond.

According to New Martinsville Police Department Detective Donnie Harris, the group was arrested after a “drug interdiction stop” conducted by the New Martinsville K-9 team at about 8 p.m. Wednesday on W.Va. 2.

After stopping the group, officers decided to conduct a search of the vehicle with two New Martinsville K-9 units, Harris said. During the search, officers discovered heroin and prescription narcotics in the vehicle, Harris said.

All four were taken into custody at the scene and transported to the Northern Regional Jail.

Harris said the police department is not releasing the amount of heroin seized “at this time,” but he added all of the drugs have been sent to the West Virginia State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Harris said officers believe the heroin and pills were being purchased and brought in from Pittsburgh.