Five area individuals were arrested at The Villas in New Martinsville June 18 and charged with drug-related offenses.
Nancy Jane Lynch, 19, and Robert Levi Lynch, 23, of 187 North State Route 2, Apt. C202, New Martinsville, were both charged with delivery of a controlled substance, Percocet. Wesley Aaron Ebert, 25, of Route 1 Box 407, New Martinsville; Ryan Christopher Barrick, 22, of 619 North 6th Ave., Paden City; and Zackery D. Pierpoint, 22, of 213 Taylor Dr., Paden City, were all charged with conspiracy to deliver.
The magistrate report states that on the evening of June 18, the New Martinsville Police Department used a confidential informant to purchase two 30 mg Percocet from Robert Lynch. Afterward, the confidential informant met back up with the New Martinsville Police Department at an undisclosed location, where the CI informed law enforcement they had made the purchase from Robert Lynch.
The report further states that after meeting with the CI, Patrolman Michael Owens prepared a search warrant and met with the magistrate, after which the NMPD conducted a search warrant at Lynch's residence. Here, they found 34 30-mg Percocets, $1,536 in United States currency, pieces of aluminum foil, and multiple pieces of cut straws. They also found the marked currency the CI used to make the buy.
Also present in the residence were Ebert, Barrick, Nancy Lynch, and Zackery Pierpoint. The report states that these individuals attempted to flee and hide in the residence.
Bond was set at $20,000 for Robert Lynch and Nancy Lynch; bond was set for $10,000 for the Ebbert, Barrick, and Pierpoint. All individuals will return to court on July 1, 10 a.m.
"It was a group effort with my officers again," noted NMPD Police Chief Tim Cecil. He added that Patrolman Courtney South, Patrolman Owens, Detective Donnie Harris, Patrolman Jason Utt, Sergeant Friend Estep, and himself were all there to execute the search warrant.
This was the second large drug arrest the NMPD made last week. When asked about the frequency, Cecil credited his officers. "It's a great work ethic of my officers," he said, noting in particular, "It is great to have young, motivated officers."
Cecil said he can draw a parallel between the abusers and his officers, in an opposite way. He said that drug users get "dope sick" when they are in need of another fix. "My officers get 'dope sick' until they get another drug bust. That's how hard they're working. It's just awesome the motivation they have right now."
Every drug bust is progress. "One at a time," said Cecil. "Small or big, it doesn't matter, we'll take one drug arrest at a time and just keep moving on."
On a separate note, Cecil said the department caught four juveniles breaking into Lewis Wetzel Pool on Saturday night. They broke into the concession stand and took some candy bars and pop. It had also been broken into three days prior.