(08/01/2006)
By Drew Moody
For the Hur Herald
drewmoody@verizon.net

In what may become known as Gilmer County's "Summer of Drugs" (not 'Summer of Love') local police appear to be well on the way to making a record number of drug arrests this year.

The most recent arrest came after police from several agencies executed a search warrant on a Holt Run Road, off Route 5, west of Glenville.

Charles Thomas Yates, age 55, of 1641 Holt Run Road was arrested last Thursday, July 27, at his residence. Police said no other adults were present in the home at the time of his arrest.

Yates is facing two felony charges; possession with intent to deliver, and cultivation of marijuana. If found guilty on both charges Yates could face up to 20 years in jail and a $50,000 fine.

The defendant was released on a $5,000 bond the day following his arrest and is awaiting the scheduling of a preliminary hearing.

West Virginia State Police notified the Gilmer County Sheriff's Department last week they had enough information to justify requesting a search warrant in the case against Yates.

According to the sheriff's department information pertaining to the case had been trickling in for some time.

Five West Virginia State Policeman and two sheriff's deputies executed the search warrant.

According to the police report a large amount of dried marijuana was located in the residence. A digital scale was confiscated and several individually wrapped packages of marijuana was also found.

The report noted Yates had four loaded guns in his residence.

Gilmer County Sheriff Mickey Metz said Yates was cooperative and friendly during the arrest.

Four plants were discovered growing in the woods nearby.

Police on the scene included: 1st Sgt. D.P. Reider, Sgt. J.M. Menendez, Sgt. C.M. Alton, SrTr R.P. Smith, Sheriff Mickey Metz and Deputy Mark White.


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