Local agencies arrest Belpre man

PARKERSBURG – Joint operations between the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and the Parkersburg Police Department resulted in the arrest of a Belpre man on Friday night involving methamphetamines.

Sgt. Greg Collins, with the Parkersburg Police Department, said detectives and officers from both agencies conducted an investigation about 9 p.m. Friday into the possible manufacturing of methamphetamine in the area of Ohio River Road.

Officers and a WCCO canine searched a heavily wooded area north of the boat ramp, eventually locating two individuals known to manufacture methamphetamine on the river bank, he said.

Officers also checked a white Toyota sedan parked next to the railroad tracks, finding it occupied by Rick Brock, 50, of 807 Franklin Ave., Belpre. A search of the vehicle allegedly resulted in the discovery of three bags of syringes, coffee filters, aluminum foil, pseudoephedrine blister packs and approximately one gram of suspected methamphetamine. The Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force was called in to help detectives process

Brock was taken into custody by deputies and transported to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office for processing on a felony charge of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory. He was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and was being held on $100,000 bond.

Collins said Brock was out on bond at the time of his arrest. During joint operations on April 27, officers allegedly discovered an active methamphetamine cook in a car during a traffic stop on Staunton Avenue in Parkersburg. Brock, who was the driver, and passenger Terry Abbott, were both charged with felony operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab and conspiracy to operate or attempt to operate a clandestine drug lab.

Both agencies were continuing to investigate the incident, with criminal charges possible against the other two yet-to-be named individuals in the coming days, Collins said.