Two Parkersburg residents face drug charges after traffic stop

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Two Parkersburg residents were arrested and each charged with multiple drug crimes after a traffic stop by the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force on Friday, November 2.

The Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force (PNTF) says on Friday, during an ongoing drug crimes investigation, agents conducted a drug interdiction traffic stop on a 2006 Ford Freestyle with a West Virginia license plate, being driven by its registered owner, Emory C. Byrd, 38, of Beverly Street in Parkersburg.

Robert "Pookie" Sanders, 27, of Quincy Street in Parkersburg, was also riding in the vehicle.

A Parkersburg Police drug-sniffing K-9 sniffed around the vehicle and indicated there was an illegal substance in the vehicle.

PNTF agents then searched inside the vehicle, where they found 2 pounds of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine and ½ pound of suspected Marijuana.

Byrd was arrested and charged with Possession with intent to Deliver Crystal Methamphetamine, Possession with intent to Deliver Marijuana and Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance.

Byrd was arraigned before Magistrate Marshall and his bond was set at $200,000.00.

Sanders was arrested and charged with Possession with intent to Deliver Crystal Methamphetamine, Possession with intent to Deliver Marijuana and Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance.

Sanders was arraigned before Magistrate Marshall and his bond was set at $200,000.00.

The Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force (PNTF) is comprised of investigators from the Parkersburg Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Department, Vienna Police Department, Williamstown Police Department and the West Virginia State Police.