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4 arrested in multi-state drug trafficking investigation

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Police arrested four people after federal search warrants were executed at homes in Wheeling and Bellaire this week as part of an ongoing multi-state drug trafficking investigation.

On Thursday, agents from the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force and the Belmont County Drug Task Force, searched homes on North Broadway, North Huron, and South Penn Streets on Wheeling Island and on Noble Street in Bellaire, Ohio. Police recovered cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, three firearms, and $4,000. A Mercedes-Benz motor vehicle was also seized.

Clarence Bertram, 24, of Wheeling and Dontrell Ivery, 38, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio and now of Wheeling, were arrested on drug and gun charges and both will appear in state court in West Virginia.

Terrell Bruce Allen, 32, of Cleveland, Ohio was also arrested on drug and gun charges and will appear in state court in Ohio. Niamah Assamad, 36, of Wheeling was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Felonious Assault and she will appear in state court in Ohio.

“This week’s execution of federal search warrants is just continuing proof of the success of the drug task force, and the cooperation of city, county, state and federal authorities,” said Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler. “I know citizens get impatient when they see obvious drug operations in their neighborhood, however these investigations take time.”

“I am personally and professionally vested in Wheeling Island, and I appreciate the cooperation among the local, state, and federal agencies that were, and are still, involved in the investigation,” said Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger.

According to US Attorney Bill Ihlenfeld, additional charges arising from the investigation will be filed in the near future in both state and federal court.

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