PARKERSBURG - Police made several drug raids Monday morning in Parkersburg, officials said.
Around 9:30 a.m. Monday the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force, assisted by the Wood County Sheriff's Office and Parkersburg Police Department S.W.A.T. teams, executed two search warrants at the Greenbrier Garden Apartments in Parkersburg, officials said.
John Michael Teter, 32, 500 13th St., Apt. 313, Parkersburg, Gary Charles Harbison and Andrew Lawrence Vogelaar, both of 500 13th St., Apt. 309, were arrested on felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
Suspected drug money was discovered by police after a raid at 500 13th St., Apt. 313 in Parkersburg.
Photo courtesy of the Parkersburg Police Department
Police discovered an “extensive” marijuana-growing operation at 905 Virginia Ave. Monday morning. State police, city police and the sheriff’s office assisted the task force in the raid.
The search warrants were obtained as part of drug distribution investigations by the task force spanning several weeks after agents received complaints of possible drug activity in the apartments, officials said.
Police found two pounds of marijuana, digital scales and more than $4,000 cash in apartment 309 occupied by Vogelaar and Harbison, officials said.
Harbison was out on parole in Wood County stemming from a 2010 drug charge by the task force, according to police. Vogelaar was found to be on parole out of Washington County for forgery.
In Teter's apartment, police discovered two bags containing a large amount of suspected black tar heroin, individually wrapped in tin foil balls. Agents also found marijuana, scales, numerous needles and other contraband in the apartment, officials said.
Teter was out on parole from Randolph County for forgery, uttering and manufacturing a controlled substance charges.
Earlier on Monday, just before 8 a.m., law enforcement officers raided a house at 905 Virginia Ave., Parkersburg.
* Two drug busts in Parkersburg Monday morning yielded three arrests.
Police said no one was home at the time of the raid, but officers discovered a marijuana-growing operation in several stages by recovering 250 plants, as well as about two pounds of finished product. Police estimated the value at $500,000.
The "extensive" operation consisted of portable air conditioning units, fans, reflective walls, air filtration system, oxygen tank, timers, grow lights, grow chemicals and a substantial surveillance system, officials said.
Police said charges are pending on at least one person, possibly two. No arrests had been made as of Monday night.
All three men from the raid at the Greenbrier Apartments were transported to the Wood County Holding Center. Harbison and Teter were held on $200,000 bond while Vogelaar's bond was set at $60,000. All three were unable to make bail and remained incarcerated, police said.
State police said a shake and bake methamphetamine laboratory was also discovered in an alley near one of the raided houses.