By Drew Moody|
For the Hur Herald
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
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
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
The defendant was released on a $5,000 bond the day
following his arrest and is awaiting the scheduling of a
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
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.