Two face felony drug charges


NEW CUMBERLAND — Two city residents face felony drug charges after being arrested Wednesday following a two-month investigation by local law enforcement.

Scott Edward Hudson, 47, and Eugene Lester Reese Jr., 26, face two counts each of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and Fentanyl, according to information provided by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday.

The investigation was conducted by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force in conjunction with the New Cumberland Police Department.

According to Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher, law enforcement, including representatives of the Drug Task Force, the Hancock Sheriff’s Special Response Team, New Cumberland Police and the West Virginia State Police, entered a house at 318 Arthur St. in New Cumberland at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Fletcher said officers discovered several individuals inside the residence, waiting for Hudson and Reese, with an intent to purchase drugs.


While interviewing Hudson, officers reported observing a bag containing approximately 3.4 grams of suspected Fentanyl and approximately 3.2 grams of suspected crack cocaine fall from his pants leg. Officers also seized $669 in cash.

Both individuals are housed at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail.

Fletcher noted the investigation began as a result of tips from local citizens believing drug activity was taking place at the residence. Fletcher said the public providing such information plays an important role in assisting law enforcement in their investigations.


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