Several arrests in drug trafficking organization connecting Akron to Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several alleged drug dealers are off the streets. Investigators say the suspects were operating a drug pipeline between Charleston, West Virginia and Akron, Ohio.

United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced Monday morning the take-down of a multi-state drug trafficking organization (DTO). He says this organization is responsible for dealing large amounts of fentanyl, heroin, and meth.

Investigators call it the Wells DTO. They say a man from Akron named Eugene Wells is a poly-drug distributor working with other members of the DTO to sell drugs across state lines.

Throughout the investigation, undercover officers made controlled buys of meth and heroin. They also identified a "drug stash house" on Charleston's West Side.

DEA agents and MDENT officers raided a home on Ferguson Avenue Sept. 28. They arrested Wells as well as Brandon and Sherry Gray.

While searching the home, police found more than 600 grams of suspected fentanyl, approximately 1,400 grams of heroin, and more than 700 grams of methamphetamine.

Each suspect has a prior felony conviction and cannot posses guns, but investigators found four guns inside the home.

On the same day, federal agents raided Wells' home in Akron. There, they found more than 400 grams of heroin and four additional guns.

Officers also seized over $12,000 in cash during the raids.

The suspects are now facing federal charges.

"When I announced Project Charleston a little more than a month ago, I promised swift and certain action on Charleston's West Side," said Stuart. "Promise made, promise kept. I intend to continue to focus federal resources on ridding the West Side of criminal elements, violent crime, drug thuds, and hooligans that cause chaos, fear and despair for law abiding families."

Back in September, WSAZ investigated the drug pipeline between Charleston and Akron in a story called: Our New Detroit? Linked to murder investigations, drug arrests and a variety of court records in West Virginia, Akron is now on the radar of police in both Charleston and Huntington, a concern Huntington investigators are especially concerned about.