Three are arrested on drug charges

CHESTER – Two Lawrenceville residents were arrested Monday on felony drug charges following a two-month investigation by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force.

Holly D. Keyes, 25, and Marcell Deon Weaver, 29, both of 135 Rural Lane, in the Lawrenceville area of Chester, were taken into custody and are being held on a $20,000 bond each, Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said.

The two were arrested while drug task force members executed a search warrant at their residence on Monday. They both are charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and heroin and two felony counts of conspiracy to possess and deliver crack cocaine and heroin, Fletcher said.

“During the search, drugs suspected to be heroin and crack cocaine, along with materials suspected for packaging and distribution, were seized,” Fletcher said.

A third person, Rameon J. Sumlin, 23, formerly of East Liverpool, was at the residence at the time and was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

Fletcher said the two-month investigation was initiated by area residents who reported suspicious activity at that address to the drug task force. Collaborating with the task force for the investigation were uniformed members of the sheriff’s department, including the Special Response Team.

Keyes and Weaver are being held at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville pending further court action.

The drug task force receives federal funding now that Hancock County has been designated a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area by the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy. The designation makes more money and manpower available to local law enforcement for drug investigations.

The drug task force comprises officers from the Hancock and Brooke County sheriff’s departments, the Weirton Police Department, the Hancock and Brooke County prosecutor’s offices, the West Virginia State Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wheeling.

To report suspected illegal drug activity, call the task force at 304-797-8574. All tips are kept confidential.

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