Two arrested following tip on a wanted man’s whereabouts

GRAFTON—The Grafton City Police Department snagged two women on drug charges, while attempting to locate a wanted felon, on Tuesday.

Sara Brown, 20, of Grafton, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver—Methamphetamine, when officers saw a baggie containing drugs in plain sight in her bedroom, while attempting to locate a wanted man.

According to criminal complaints filed by the Grafton City Police officer, he and a West Virginia State Police Officer received information regarding the whereabouts of Fairmont man, who was wanted on charges in Taylor County, and who had just recently been indicted by the Taylor County Grand Jury.

The officers arrived at the residence where they were told the man was believed to have been, and upon entering the home, were told by one of the residents that the fugitive had fled through an upstairs window to evade the officers.

While being shown the window that the individual had fled through, the officer noticed a baggie containing a what he believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine, along with other drug paraphernalia.

The bedroom’s occupant, Brown, admitted to the officer that the contents of the baggie was indeed methamphetamine.

Upon her admission, the officer requested a search warrant for the residence. Once the warrant was issued by a Taylor County Magistrate, the officer, along with others from the department, began to search the home and recovered additional drugs, as well as paraphernalia used in the packaging and distribution of drugs.

Another resident of the home, Nikki Renate Garrett, 38, admitted to officers that she was in possession of and had used Methamphetamine earlier in the day.

Garret was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Both females were taken into custody and processed before being transported  to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

They were arraigned on their charges on Wednesday, in Taylor County Magistrate Court.

Brown was transported back to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where she is being held on a $3,500 cash or surety bond, while Garrett posted her $2,500 bond and was released.

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