Over $10,000 Worth Of Heroin Found
The New Martinsville Police Department hit what they’re calling the “mother lode” of heroin Monday.
At approximately noon officers searched the residence of Bryan Christopher Shannon, 24, of 325 Main St. Apartment 1, New Martinsville, and found 297 stamps of heroin along with at least two ounces of marijuana; Suboxone, a Schedule II controlled substance; and numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia. At $35 per stamp, the heroin has a street value of approximately $10,395.
Shannon was arrested for intent to deliver heroin and will likely be facing other charges, according to New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil.
He said a tip of the drug activity came from some general complaints and an anonymous caller to the NMPD who said, “My friends were up there (a second floor apartment) buying heroin.” NMPD Patrolman Dave Howell and Patrolman Josh Williams conducted the investigation that culminated in a search warrant and subsequent arrest.
“One week was all it took,” noted Cecil. He never dreamed they’d find as much heroin as they did when conducting the search.
Cecil is not sure if the discovery will lead to the arrest of more people. “He took the rap for everything and said it was all his,” said Cecil, who added, “I think there was more to it than just him.” However, the chief wanted to clarify that nothing was found in Apartment 2 at the same address.
A $20,000 surety bond was set; Shannon is being held in the Northern Regional Jail.
In addition to Cecil, Howell, and Williams, Paden City Police Chief Michael Owens and Patrolman Michael Neff as well as Wetzel County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Koontz helped execute the search warrant.