The Harrison County Sheriff's Department announced a major drug bust during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
Sheriff Albert Marano said the department seized more than $100,000 worth of drugs, cars and cash after arresting Larry Greggory, 35, of Shinnston on Wednesday.
The Harrison County Street Crimes and Drug Unit (SCAD) executed a search warrant on room 282 at the Best Western Inn in Bridgeport on Wednesday morning.
The warrant came after the department was carrying out a search for another charge. Greggory was wanted for failure to appear in court for a gun-related charge that was filed through the West Virginia State Police. The Sheriff's Department received an anonymous tip that Greggory was staying in the Best Western. When SCAD officers showed up at Greggory's room, officers recognized drug paraphernalia and sought out a search warrant.
The search warrant also included Greggory's two vehicles, a black 2011 Ford Mustang Saleen (worth approximately $45,000) and a red 2006 Jeep Wrangler (worth approximately $15,000). Between the vehicle and room searches, officers found 95 packets of bath salts, labels for repackaging bath salts, smoking devices, $54,033.40 in cash, and a loaded 9mm handgun. Officers also found a necklace engraved "AKA Bath Salt Gang." Officers also found "B S" engraved in the consol of Greggory's Mustang. Officers said the Mustang was purchased approximately six months prior to the arrest.
The drug charges against Greggory were filed on Thursday. Greggory is charged with possession with intent to deliver and manufacture bath salts. He is currently in the North Central Regional jail, with bail not yet set.
Sheriff Marano said the bath salt products originated in Ohio, possibly in a store that was selling them. He could not provide further details on where the drugs came from, as the investigation is ongoing. According to the criminal complaint, Greggory admitted the "seized bath salts" were his and that some of the money seized was profits from selling bath salts. Greggory also admitted to traveling to Ohio on at least four occasions, where he purchased 200-300 packets of bath salts on each trip.
Marano said it is possible Greggory will face other charges. He said others may also face charges in this bust.
Marano said this was a "big bust" and Greggory is believed to have supplied "a large amount of people" with drugs. Marano could not provide details on how many.
Prosecuting Attorney Joe Shaffer provided the press with a statement regarding Marano's efforts and his recent decision and backlash for withdrawing Sheriff's Department assets and manpower from the Harrison County Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force a few months ago. Read it here.