Mineral Wells man arrested in hotel sting

MINERAL WELLS -Timothy James Thorne, 44, 225 Mineral Park Estates, Mineral Wells, was found to be in possession of more than $8,000, 18 grams of suspected heroin and a .380 Hi-Point handgun, officials said.

Agents with the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force made an early morning arrest Thursday in Mineral Wells following surveillance operations at a local hotel, police said.

Task force agents received information about possible drug activity at the Mineral Wells Inn, 161 Hospitality Lane, officials said. Police said the agents set up surveillance operations on the business Wednesday evening.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a Buick sedan after the vehicle was observed leaving the hotel parking lot, police said. A Parkersburg K-9 Unit assisted in the traffic stop.

Thorne was found in the passenger seat of the vehicle with more than $8,000, police said. Deputies found Thorne had a criminal history of drug trafficking, in multiple states, and aggravated burglary, they said. Thorne was convicted of the aggravated burglary on Jan. 17, 1996, according to records.

A search warrant of Thorne’s hotel room led agents to the more than $5,400 in heroin and the handgun, officials said.

Thorne was taken into custody on felony charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Thorne was out on a $15,000 bond from a Jan. 5 arrest by the West Virginia State Police, Parkersburg detachment, for possession of heroin with the intent to deliver, officials said. He was transported to the Wood County Holding Center.

Thorne was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court Thursday morning, being held on a $250,000 bond. He is to be transferred to the North Central Regional Jail, according to reports.