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NMPD Arrests Mother-Son Duo

By Staff | Feb 15, 2017

Franklin Keith Dotson

Elva Lee Swan, 54, and Franklin Keith Dotson, 32, were arrested in New Martinsville Tuesday evening, leading to a raid of their 38 Pin Oak Drive, New Martinsville home Wednesday morning.

According to New Martinsville Police Department Chief Tim Cecil, Dotson was arrested Tuesday after allegedly using counterfeit money at two New Martinsville stores.

NMPD, West Virginia State Police, Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office, and Sistersville Police Department all responded to the call, with Rob Haught, of SPD, carrying a United States Marshals warrant for Dotson. According to Chief Cecil, Dotson was wanted by the U.S. Marshals for a parole violation.

Dotson was sentenced in 2011 to more than four years in prison for robbing Wesbanco’s Pine Grove branch.

Swan, Dotson’s mother, was arrested alongside Dotson and charged with possession of a controlled substance, after she was allegedly spotted throwing methamphetamine behind the police cruiser.

Elva Lee Swan

On Wednesday morning, several law enforcement agencies raided the residence of Dotson and Swan. Cecil noted that Tyler County Sheriff’s office also assisted, as they acquired the search warrant for the raid, due to Dotson and Swan’s residence actually being in Tyler County, despite its New Martinsville address.

Cecil reported that the search yielded items to create counterfeit money, such as ink, printers, and computers, along with cell phones, and shredded counterfeit money.

Cecil said meth and meth pipes were also found, as well as a loaded weapon.