A couple residing in the Kistler Apartments in the Man area of Logan County were arrested Sept. 2 on charges they were selling narcotics.
In the late hours of Sept. 1, Trooper First Class Boggs, Senior Trooper Broadwater, Trooper Thompson and Trooper Hannon, with the West Virginia State Police, report they received a tip of drug activity at Kistler Apartments.
Upon their arrival, Hannon and Thompson report the renters of the apartment, Justin Belcher, 23, of Mallory, W.Va. and Misty Dawn Belcher, 25, of Kistler, W.Va., allowed them inside of the residence and granted them permission to search. Prior to their search, troopers utilized a Logan County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit to sweep the apartment. The K-9 unit reportedly indicated several hits for narcotics throughout the residence.
During their search of the residence, Boggs, Broadwater, Thompson and Hannon reportedly found a small amount of roxycodone pills, a set of scales and a ledger detailing drug sales and debts owed. Misty Belcher reportedly allowed troopers to search her cellular phone, and, while looking through the phone’s contents, law enforcement was allegedly able to find several recently made text messages that pertained to drug deals. Troopers also reportedly found $1,239 in cash.
Both Justin and Misty Belcher are charged with felony counts of possession of a schedule two controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy. If they are found guilty on all counts Justin and Misty Belcher could be forced to spend between two and 20 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $35,000 in fines.
— — — —
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]