UPDATE: Warrant issued for man who failed to appear in court for arraignment on drug charge

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - UPDATE: 08/25/2017 3:55 P.M.

A man indicted on drug charges earlier this month is now a wanted man after he failed to appear for his arraignment Friday in Wood County Circuit Court.

Judge Robert Waters ssued a capias warrant for Jason Bernard, 33, on Friday.

Parkersburg Police arrested Bernard in February at a home on 32nd Street.

He's charged with two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.


UPDATE: 8/16/2017, 3:41 P.M.

Two people arrested in a February drug search of home on 32nd Street in Parkersburg have been indicted by a Wood County grand jury.

On Tuesday, the Wood County Grand Jury indicted Jason M. Bernard, 33, of Parkersburg, and Bryan Anthony Merritt, 35, of Waverly, on multiple drug charges.

Bernard was indicted on two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Merritt was indicted on two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance.

Parkersburg Police say on February 15, 2017, SWAT team officers executed a search warrant on the 32nd Street home and found an undisclosed amount of heroin and fentanyl, along with drug scales and packaging.

Police say one of the home’s occupants, Joshua Henderson, 26, of Dayton, Ohio, jumped out of a second story window as he ran from police. Police say Henderson was arrested by uniformed officers, who discovered he was carrying a 9 mm, semi-automatic pistol, and suspected heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Henderson was taken to the Camden Clark Medical Center emergency room for treatment from injuries he sustained when he jumped out of the window.

Inside the home, police also arrested Billie Jo Dye, 39, of Parkersburg, Jason Bernard, and Bryan Merritt.


UPDATE: 7/31/2017 6:20 P.M.

Joshua Henderson, 27, pleaded guilty July 25 to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

According to U.S. District Court in Charleston, Henderson also he possessed a gun and sold drugs that were recovered by authorities.

His sentencing is set for October 23.


Original story: 2/16/2017

Four people face charges after a Wednesday night drug raid at a Parkersburg home.

Parkersburg Police say the drug investigation began after the department received anonymous tips on its website about suspected drug activity at a home on 32nd Street in Parkersburg.

Wednesday night, SWAT team officers executed a search warrant on the home and found an undisclosed amount of heroin and fentynal, along with drug scales and packaging.

Police say one of the home’s occupants, Joshua Henderson, 26, of Dayton, Ohio, jumped out of a second story window as he ran from police. Police say Henderson was arrested by uniformed officers, who discovered he was carrying a 9 mm, semi-automatic pistol, and suspected heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Henderson was taken to the Camden Clark Medical Center emergency room for treatment from injuries he sustained when he jumped out of the window.

Inside the home, police also arrested Jason Bernard, 33, of Parkersburg, Billie Jo Dye, 39, of Parkersburg, and Bryan Merritt, 34, of Waverly. Merritt is the son of former Wood County Sheriff Ken Merritt.

Henderson was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court on charges of two counts of possession with the intent to deliver and one felony charge of prohibited person in possession of a firearm. He is currently in the North Central Regional Jail on $250,000 bond.

Bernard was arraigned for the one count of possession with the intent to deliver. He is currently in the North Central Regional Jail on $75,000 bond.

Dye was arraigned on one misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance. She is currently in the North Central Regional Jail on $1,000 bond.

Merritt was arraigned on outstanding felony warrants from Pleasants County for possession with intent to deliver meth and heroin and bringing stolen property into the state. He is currently in the North Central Regional Jail on a $22,500 bond.


Joshua Henderson was arrested during a drug raid at a Parkersburg home on Feb. 15, 2017.
Jason Bernard was arrested during a drug raid at a Parkersburg home on Feb. 15, 2017.
Billie Jo Dye was arrested during a drug raid at a Parkersburg home on Feb. 15, 2017.
Bryan Merritt was arrested during a drug raid at a Parkersburg home on Feb. 15, 2017.


 
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