Oak Hill man arrested for drug possession

FAYETTEVILLE (NEWS RELEASE –An Oak Hill man is in jail on drug charges after officers executed a search warrant late last night. Sheriff Mike Fridley released the following information concerning this arrest:

After receiving numerous tips and complaints from the public concerning allegations of ongoing drug trafficking activity at a residence located at 142 Upper Summerlee Loop Road in the Lochgelly area near Oak Hill, the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force initiated an investigation into these allegations. After investigators were able to make multiple controlled purchases of drugs from this residence they obtained a search warrant for the residence. This search warrant was executed during the late evening hours of Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by officers from the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

During the execution of this search warrant investigators seized quantities of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, various prescription pills, scales, drug packaging materials and approximately $1,500.00 in money. The owner of the residence, Anthony Bell, age 50, of Oak Hill was arrested and charged with four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. He was remanded to the Southern Regional Jail pending his arraignment in the Fayette County Magistrate Court later this morning.

“This investigation stemmed from complaints and tips provided to us by the public,” said Sheriff Fridley. “We follow up on all information provided to us, but it sometimes takes a little while. Our drug Task Force covers two counties and our resources are often stretched thin, but we DO follow up on all tips and complaints.”

Anyone who has any information concerning drug trafficking activity can contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 574-4216, the Oak Hill Detachment of the West Virginia State Police at (304) 469-2915 or Crime Stoppers. You may also submit information through the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.”