PARKERSBURG -Two people are facing felony charges following a drug raid by the Parkersburg S.W.A.T. team Thursday morning.
The S.W.A.T. team members, acting on a Parkersburg Narcotics Taskforce search warrant, raided a George Street home. Authorities arrested 25-year-old Michelle M. Curran of Parkersburg and 33-year-old Robert L. Jones of Columbus. Parkersburg police Sgt. Greg Collins said the pair will face felony charges as a result of the raid.
Three children, ages 1, 3 and 4, were found in the home. The two youngest belonged to Curran. The oldest was identified as her niece.
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Michelle M. Curran, 25, of Parkersburg is led to a patrol car by Parkersburg police Sgt. Greg Collins, following a drug raid on her house at 1006 George St.
Robert L. Jones
"Glad they are doing something," said local resident John Logan.
Logan, who lives above Curran's 1006 George St. house, said the occupants were loud, yelling profanities, screaming and fighting. Logan said he and others had made several calls to the city police and state troopers about suspected drug activities in the area.
"Neighbors said they called numerous times," Logan said. "Not just me; everybody had called."
Logan said cars would park on the street above the house, in front of three abandoned houses and a go-between would make rounds between the vehicles and George Street home.
"It was really bad," he said.
Some neighbors had given up, frustrated that nothing was being done, Logan said.
"We would like to be able to act quickly on making arrests for drug crimes," Collins said. "And sometimes we are able to. Unfortunately in most cases, it takes a lot of time and effort to make a case. People need to understand that their calls are important and the issue is being looked at.
"If it's a substantial drug case, we won't be pulling up and knocking on the door. But we will be working on it."
Collins said the raid was the result of an 18-month investigation. Crack and heroin were the suspected narcotics that led to the raid.
A neighbor who had no idea what was going on Thursday morning said people were coming and going from the house at all hours. Many of the people neighbors saw entering and exiting the house were driving up and down George Street in the aftermath of the raid, they said.
"I hope we get this taken care of," Logan said.
Curran and Jones were arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and failed to post a $150,000 bond Thursday. Both were transported to the North Central Regional Jail.