Arrests made in Westover drug investigation

WESTOVER, W.Va. — A suspicious vehicle report at a local motel in Westover led police to a large quantity of drugs and Pennsylvania man wanted in Monongalia County.

Westover Police Chief Joe Adams said officers made contact with John Maraney, 56, of Carmichael, Pennsylvania, two other men and a woman near a black passenger car.

“The people were acting “hanky” so to speak, so they ran the criminal history and found Mr. Maraney was in NCIC as wanted,” Adams said.

Police determined Maraney was wanted for malicious assault in Monongalia County and at that point conducted a search of the vehicle.

“The officers searched the car and we found the 2.8 ounces of meth, some suspected fentanyl, marijuana and another white substance,” Adams said.

Adams encourages the public to report things that look “out of place” to police. the most insignificant thing or incident could be the one piece of the investigative puzzle police need to make an arrest or seek a warrant.

“It seems like we have about one of these a month anymore,” Adams said. “We hope the word gets out to not deal drugs in Westover.”

Maraney has been arraigned and bond has been set at $75,000.

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