Deputies arrest man on drug charges

WEIRTON – The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department has announced the Tuesday arrest of a Weirton man on drug charges.

According to information from the sheriff’s department, James Timothy “Timmy” Noel, 35, of 433 Cove Road was arrested Tuesday evening.

At approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, a member of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office was in the process of serving a summons on Noel for drug-related charges out of Licking County, Ohio. While at the Cove Road residence, the report indicates, the deputy reported noticing the smell of marijuana and what he perceived as drug-related items. The deputy requested assistance from the Weirton Police Department and the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton HIDTA Task Force.

“Weirton police officers assisted the deputy in securing the residence to allow members of the Task Force to obtain the necessary search warrant,” Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher stated, noting his gratitude for the cooperation between the multiple local agencies.

According to Fletcher, the search warrant was executed at approximately 7:15 p.m., with officers locating approximately two pounds of marijuana, as well as packing and distribution material, psilocybin mushrooms and equipment and materials allegedly for the use in the production and growth of marijuana.

“Over a thousand dollars was also confiscated which was believed to be connected to the enterprise,” Fletcher said.

Noel is being charged with two counts of manufacturing marijuana and one count of intent to deliver.

He is being housed at the Northern Regional Jail. Bond has not been set at this time.