Wood, Washington counties see increase in methamphetamine

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The sheriffs in both Wood and Washington counties agree they're seeing an increase in methamphetamine coming to the area. Washington County Sheriff deputies believe it's due to the Mid-Ohio Valley being a demand area. Over in Wood County, Parkersburg Police Chief Joseph Martin describes it as a cycle.

In 2016, the Washington County Sheriff's Office seized 96 grams of meth. That number skyrocketed to 1,500 grams in 2017. Deputies say for every 10 grams of heroin seized, they seize 30 grams of meth.

Lieutenant Joshua Staats says the drug is coming from big cities like Columbus.

"The market is in the Mid-Ohio Valley," he said.

"For example, if I go and buy an ounce of methamphetamine in one of these source cities for $500 I come back down here and sell it for $100 a gram, there's 28 grams in an ounce so I'm profiting, $2,300 off this ounce of methamphetamine that initially cost me $500 essentially there's such a market here for it."

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens say the department is currently seeing an increase too.

Chief Martin says his department is still working on final drug numbers for 2017. He says sometimes there's a surge in heroin use and then a spike in meth use. He confirms currently the county is experiencing the latter.

"It's just an evil cycle," he said.

"I can't say that's one better than the other but we typically don't see a lot of overdoses on the methamphetamine side but that's not to say that it can't happen but unfortunately they're both bad. We don't want either one of them. But we have recently seen in the last three or four months a very sharp increase in methamphetamine use or the amount of methamphetamine in our area."

Chief Martin says Columbus, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan are the main source cities of where meth is coming from.



 
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