Teacher Arrested For Drugs

SISTERSVILLE- Tyler County fifth-grade school teacher Gina Crawford and her boyfriend were arrested Friday by Sistersville Police on drug charges after a search of her home turned up marijuana and prescription pills.

Two 18-year-olds at Crawford’s residence also were cited for simple possession of marijuana in the search.

Police Chief Ben Placer said the arrests came after officers served a search warrant between 11 and 11:30 p.m. at Crawford’s Wiley Avenue home in Sistersville.

In addition to Crawford, police arrested Crawford’s live-in boyfriend, Justin Britton, 32, on a similar charge; and issued citations to Chase Cornell, 18, of Sisterville, and Austin Rhodes, 18, of Friendly, both for simple possession.

“The arrests were made as a result of a month-long investigation,” Placer said. “We have seen a lot of activity coming from the house.”

He said officers recovered items of evidence from the home but he would not disclose what they had found.

Crawford, 33, was held over the weekend at the Northern Regional Jail at Moundsville after a Tyler County magistrate set bond at $10,000. She is charged with possession with intent to distribute.

Editor’s note: This story updates an earlier version in which the two 18-year-olds cited for simple possession were listed by Chief Placer as being arrested.