Drug "Blitz" in Wheeling Proves Successful


Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Shwertfeger, Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler and Captain James Merrill of West Virginia State Police held a press conference Monday to announce the results of a weekend blitz that had big results.

The Mountaineer Highway Interdiction Team worked together with Wheeling Police and Ohio County Sheriff's Department to conduct the blitz called "Operation Mayflower."

After complaints from residents of problem areas, authorities put special focus on East, North, Center and South Wheeling  areas.

During the blitz, four felony charges and 18 misdemeanor charges were wiled.  As well as 64 citations that were filed.  There were also three arrests for DUI.

Drugs with a street value of more than $1,000 were recovered and two active felony warrants were served. The drugs recovered included marijuana and prescription pills.

Wheeling resident Michael Anthony Kobasko, II, was one of the people arrested and it's alleged he had approximately 125 Alprazoman pills, or Xanax, with the intent to deliver the pills. Kobasko faces felony charges.

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said, "When our citizens bring issues to our attention, we listen and increase our presence."

"I'd like to applaud the community watch groups for the job they do in keeping track of their neighborhoods and supplying us with information," said Sheriff Butler.

Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler said they will eventually get to every neighborhood in Wheeling and throughout the county.



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