Two arrested and two more are wanted following raids by GPD

GRAFTON—Two people were arrested and two more are wanted by the Grafton Police Department following two recent drug raids.

According to officers with the department, the searches were conducted on Wednesday, following an investigation.

The Grafton Police Department, with the assistance of the West Virginia Corrections Special Operations K-9 Unit, carried out the raids in two locations: the first at 1009 West Main Street and the second at Sunset Terrace Apartments, unit 11.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Grafton Police Department Patrolman Cameron Forte, on March 25, he and a West Virginia State Trooper responded to a domestic call at Sunset Terrace, involving a firearm.

Upon arrival on scene, the officers were granted to enter the residence, where they met with Nicholas Bartholow and Tabitha Hyde. While the trooper spoke with Bartholow, Forte talked to Hyde.

During the discussion, Patrolman Forte observed a clear capsule containing a white crystal-like substance, that returned a positive test for methamphetamine. Once Hyde realized the officer had seen it, she tried to conceal the container.

Hyde, 30, was charged with misdemeanor simple possession.

She was transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail and has since posted bond.

However, shortly before the altercation on March 25, officers began an official investigation concerning the residence on West Main Street, after receiving numerous complaints of heavy foot and vehicle traffic believed to be associated with drug transactions, according to a complaint filed by Grafton Police Department Deputy Chief Coleman Durrett.

Through the course of their investigation, officers came to believe that a Dianna Woodson, 47, was involved in the distribution and selling of controlled substances, which led them to the apartment at Sunset Terrace.

As the investigation continued, law enforcement officials learned of 33-year-old Drew Britton’s involvement in the operations.

Both locations were reported to have been used in the processes of obtaining, buying and selling of drugs.

Because of his part in the operation, Bartholow was arrested and charged with three counts of felonious conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

He was transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he is currently being held on a $40,000 cash or surety bail.

Woodson and Britton are still wanted in connection to the West Main Street raid and warrants have been issued for their arrest.

Woodson is wanted on a felony warrant for conspiracy-delivery of a controlled substance, while Britton is wanted for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

Police say additional charges may be brought pending further investigation.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Woodson ad Britton, you are urged to contact the Grafton Police Department at 304-265-0101 or call 911.



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