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Drug Bust Suspect Pleads Guilty

By: Shannon Houser, Todd Baucher Email
By: Shannon Houser, Todd Baucher Email

Updated: 4/30/2013 4:40 P.M.

A change of plea Tuesday in a drug arrest we told you about last fall.

Keith Saunders pleaded guilty in Wood County Circuit Court to three counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

He was one of two people arrested during a raid on a Lynn Street home by the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force.

Saunders is to be sentenced July eleventh.

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They're taking a big step in cleaning up a bad neighborhood. The Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force raids two houses on Lynn Street for drugs.

It happened Monday afternoon, when officers executed search warrants in the 800 and 900 blocks of Lynn Street.

Police seized marijuana, scales, packaging and other items including two shotguns.

Keith Saunders is charged with delivery of a controlled substance. He was arraigned and placed on a five thousand dollar bond.

John Nicholas was also arrested for possession of marijuana and cocaine. He's awaiting his arraignment.

Police say the search stems from a lengthy investigation into people selling drugs out of these houses.

"We definitely believe that any arrests coming from these raids today will certainly knock down some of the criminal activity in general in this area and we hope it certainly sends a message to people conducting criminal activity in this part of town that if they do, we will come in here and take care of the problem," says Parkersburg Police Sgt. Greg Collins.

Very little information is being released at this time as police are working around the clock to gather evidence.

"There were approximately 30 officers involved in this operation along with a helicopter from the West Virginia National Guard Raid Unit. This was an operation in an area of town we've had a lot of trouble with. This is part of the agencies working together to get back in this neighborhood and knock down some of the crimes that's been taking place. It's bee a long investigation by the Task Force. They've put a lot of man hours in on this particular case," Sgt. Collins adds.

We'll continue to keep you posted on WTAP and thenewscenter.com



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