Police arrest two in marijuana bust

PARKERSBURG -Parkersburg police Tuesday morning discovered an inside marijuana growing operation on Spring Street, authorities said.

Officers went to 1314 Spring St. to serve a warrant on a person with that address listed and made contact with Donald Stephens, not the wanted person, who assisted officers in conducting a walk-through of the apartment, Sgt. Greg Collins, department spokesman, said.

As Patrolman First Class S.E. Carpenter attempted to open a closet door, Stephens allegedly charged and pushed Carpenter into a wall, Collins said. A struggle ensued with Carpenter and Patrolman J.N. Dennison eventually getting Stephens partially on the ground, Collins said.

Following the use of a Taser, Stephens, 44, of 1314 Spring St. was handcuffed, Collins said. As a result of the fight, the closet door was broken and partially opened, revealing an active marijuana growing operation, Collins said.

In addition to Stephens, Tosha Anna Deal, 28, another occupant of 1314 Spring St., was taken into custody after a brief struggle. Deal and Stephens were taken to police headquarters for processing on a felony charge of manufacturing a controlled substance.

Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force agents assisted with the investigation. Agents removed and processed about 40 suspected marijuana plants in two separate containers, grow lights, chemicals, literature on marijuana cultivation, about 20 grams of suspected loose marijuana in a bag and $681, Collins said. The street value of the marijuana seizure is estimated at $7,500.

Both suspects were arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court. Stephens posted a $50,000 bond and was released. Deal posted a $25,000 bond and was released.