4 arrested in drug raid at Parkersburg home

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.(WTAP) - 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 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.