Over 60 Grams of Heroin Found During Traffic Stop

By: News Email
By: News Email

Two people were arrested during a traffic stop Thursday. Investigators say they found heroin all over their bodies.

The Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force was running an operation aimed at stopping drugs from crossing the state line when they stopped the vehicle.

Lt. Greg Collins says a canine smelled drugs in the vehicle near the 183 mile marker on I-77 south.

Inside investigators found the passenger, 29-year-old Cherry Stephanie Marra of Parkersburg, with 16 small bags of suspected heroin.

She also had active warrants out of Wood County.

32-year-old Thomas Henry Persicke of Parkersburg was also questioned. He later handed over a "significant amount of heroin" from his groin.

A total of 37 grams of suspected heroin was taken from the stop.

Once at the holding center investigators say they found 23 more grams of heroin in Marra's bra.

Investigators say a street value of nearly $25,000 of heroin was seized.

Marra faces four charges, including possession, failing to appear in court and selling to an informant earlier this summer.

Her bond is set at $700,000.

Persicke faces possession with the intent to sell.

His bond is set at $165,000.

Both failed to post bond.

They'll be sent to the North Central Regional Jail.

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