Drug Task Force arrests four

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Drug Task Force arrested three people Wednesday and another on Thursday on multiple drug charges.

Raymond N. Drake, 24, of 5604 Utica Ave., Cleveland, was booked on two counts of trafficking in drugs. No bond was set.

Julie A. Doty, 27, of 68439 Morristown-Flushing Road, Belmont, was booked on charges of trafficking in drugs (heroin), and possession of drug abuse instruments. Her bond was set at $15,750.

Ferrell A. Brooks, 44, of 2955 East 66th. St., Cleveland, was booked on a charge of trafficking in drugs (heroin). His bond was set at $15,000.

On Wednesday, Brooks and Doty were arrested near the St. Clairsville Burger King in the Ohio Valley Plaza. Brooks and Doty were arrested by the Drug Task Force, St. Clairsville, the Martins Ferry Police Department and the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department.

The two were taken to the Belmont County Jail.

On Thursday, Lindsay D. Wilhelm, 26, of 123 Orchard Drive, Apt. A,, St. Clairsville, was arrested and booked on a charge of possession of marijuana. Her bond was set at $10,000.

She was arrested when a suspicious package was received by the Neffs Post Office. Wilhelm was arrested by officers at the post office and was taken into custody. Once a search warrant was obtained, officers discovered four pounds of high quality marijuana.

The package was shipped from Oakland, Cal.

“The Neffs Post Office received a package with an address listed on the box that did not exist in Oakland, Cal. It was in fact an abandoned piece of property,” said Drug Task Force Commander and Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland. “The drug dog indicated the suspicious package and we were able obtain a warrant.”

This has been the second drug bust the Drug Task Force has handled in the last three weeks that involved the postal system. McFarland claimed that the task force plans on working more aggressively with Fed Ex, UPS and the postal service.

“I credit the Drug Task Force and the time and effort, especially at the spur of the moment, we were able to get six to eight guys together,” said McFarland. “I can’t thank them enough for the time and effort that these officers put into these cases.”

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