CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The arrests of three of Wood County's alleged major synthetic drug dealers could help authorities unravel a criminal enterprise stretching halfway around the world.
Chad Christopher True, 33, Dwayne Mark Karr Jr., 23, and Brian Duane Shann, 38, were arrested Wednesday morning at the Davisville Post Office after picking up a shipment of synthetic drugs sent from China, according to a press release.
True is from Davisville. Shann and Karr live in Parkersburg. All three are considered major players in the synthetic drug trade, said State Police Sgt. Bradley Snodgrass, who works out of the Parkersburg detachment.
The drugs go by names like bath salts and K2 incense, but are actually chemical compounds made to simulate the effects of cocaine and marijuana, respectively. The substances have been banned in West Virginia since 2011.
"We had a pretty significant drug bust back in November and this was sort of a spin off of that," he said.
Multiple investigations into the local bath salts trade have been ongoing for months. Information brought to light in those investigations tipped authorities off that a suspicious package had been delivered to the Davisville Post Office this week.
It wasn't the first time a strange package had arrived there for True, Shann and Karr. In fact, Snodgrass said they'd been receiving packages of the same size weekly.
Officers had the package flagged and were waiting to see who would pick it up. They were watching as the three men showed up together to pick up the package, Snodgrass said.
They used false names to pick up the package and were quickly confronted by police. The package was seized and searched.