Search warrant leads to arrest of three for possession and conspiracy


TAYLOR COUNTY—Three individuals found themselves behind bars following an search of a garage on Yates Avenue.

According to criminal complaints filed by Grafton City Police Patrolman Misty Delgado, the three subjects were detained prior to the search of the building, after police witnessed them unloading items from the garage into two nearby vehicles.

Kaitlyn Michelle Burton, 25, of Independence, Zachariah James Hart, 31, of Grafton and Lloyd Walker Ketterman, 25, of Grant Town were all held in custody while officers from the Grafton Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police Grafton Detachment executed the search warrant.

During the search, Delgado noted a black backpack situated between the two vehicles, that all of the subjects denied ownership of. The bag was searched on scene and contained a set of digital scales, baggies, various other drug paraphernalia and presumed drugs.

In a small red baggie, officers located white crystal-like substance, believed to be methamphetamine. 

Additionally, in a black box, the officers found two more baggies containing substances. One was a white crystal-like substance, also presumed to be methamphetamine, and another substance that was white and cake-like, believed to be fentanyl.

The officers also seized the wallet of Mr. Ketterman, which contained over $500, according to the complaints.

The executed warrant also yielded numerous stolen items from the garage.

Delgado noted in her report that all presumed drugs will be sent to the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory for further testing.

Burton, Hart and Ketterman were all arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver—methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver-fentanyl, as well as conspiracy, all felony charges.

It was noted in the report that further charges were pending following the completion of the search, which is still ongoing.

The three are currently being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $60,000 bond amounts each.

For the methamphetamine possession, they could be facing a potential sentence of not less than one nor more than 15 years in prison and for the fentanyl possession, an additional three-to-fifteen years. The conspiracy charge carries with it a one-to-five year term. 

All are innocent until proven guilty.

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