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Four Arrested For Conspiracy To Deliver Heroin

By Staff | Sep 8, 2010

Joshua Ryan Mathews

On Sept. 1 at 8:30 p.m. the New Martinsville K-9 Unit stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation that resulted in four felony arrests. Colby Justin Acree, 20, of 203 South 2nd Avenue, Paden City; Natacia Lynne Lallathin, 27, of 906 1/2 Meadow Heights, Paden City; Joshua Ryan Mathews, 29, of 927 Bolen Road, Paden City; and Brock Ian McMahon, 20, of 400 West Main Street, Paden City, were arraigned Sept. 2 in Wetzel County Magistrate Court, each charged with one felony count of conspiracy to deliver heroin. Acree, Lallathin, Mathews, and McMahon remain in the Northern Regional Jail on a $20,000 cash bond each.

During the traffic stop for a burned out headlamp made near The Coffee Cup on state Route 2, Patrolman Tony Thomas and Detective Donnie Harris found probable cause to search the vehicle and found a small amount of heroin stamps allegedly being transported back from Pittsburgh.

According to statements made by each subject, Lallathin drove to Wheeling, borrowed money, and drove to Pittsburgh where she gave Mathews money to purchase heroin.

Each admitted to using some of the heroin purchased. Additionally Acree, Mathews, and McMahon admitted to knowing they were going to purchase heroin.

The heroin was sent to the West Virginia State Police Crime Lab; the exact amount of drugs is unknown at this time.

Colby Justin Acree

In other matters, Joshua Ryan Mathews is also charged with forging a prescription for Roxicodone, a schedule II narcotic. For this offense he is held on an additional $5,000 surety bond.

On or about Aug. 20 Mathews had a prescription for Roxicodone filled at Rite Aid Pharmacy in New Martinsville. On Aug. 27 the pharmacy notified Captain Mike Thomas of the New Martinsville Police Department that Mathews obtained 30, 30-milligram tablets of Roxicodone with a forged prescription.

Thomas checked with Dr. Daniel Tatich’s dental office in Moundsville where it was learned that Mathews had prescriptions made out from the office on Aug. 4 and Aug. 12; twice for Vicodin ES and once for Pen VK.

Tatich advised Thomas that Mathews was not seen on Aug. 20, the date the prescription was written and filled, nor was a prescription of any kind made out for him on that date. Furthermore Tatich affirmed he does not prescribe Roxicodone and the signature on the Aug. 20 prescription for the drug was not his.

Natacia Lynne Lallathin

Brock Ian McMahon