Police Uncover Alleged Drug Ring at Public Housing Complex

NEW MARTINSVILLE – Law enforcement officials with the West Virginia State Police, United States Marshal’s Service and other agencies have arrested 27 of 29 individuals indicted Wednesday by a Wetzel County grand jury on suspicion of illegal drug activity.

During a news conference Thursday at the Wetzel County Courthouse, Prosecuting Attorney Tim Haught said the arrests were made over a 12 hour span. He said all of the indictments, which were sealed and will remain so until further court proceedings next week, are related and stem from activity at the New Martinsville Villa apartments. That apartment complex provides HUD housing for those seeking public assistance.

Haught said 25 of the individuals were arrested in Wetzel County, while one is currently being held in Ohio County and another in Georgia.

Authorities are still looking for two remaining suspects, identified as Melinda Rice, a white female, and a heavyset, African-American man known only as “D-Wall”. Haught said anyone with information on those suspects should contact law enforcement immediately.

More details in Friday’s editions of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register.