Two face drug charges in Marion County

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – A police surveillance operation resulted in the arrest of two Fairmont residents.

Fairmont police were monitoring the Country Club Motor Lodge due to a large number of drug and prostitution arrests recently.

Police then stopped a vehicle driven by Randy Rittenhouse, 59, of Fairmont, after he came to the motel, left and stopped on nearby Fetty Avenue blocking the road.

After a canine officer gave a positive indication for narcotics a search was performed. Police found 21 grams of methamphetamine, scales, paraphernalia and foil cut squares.

During an interview with police Rittenhouse told them he was moving the items to a house on Fetty Avenue for Roger Stevens, 38, of Fairmont.

When police searched the Fetty Avenue residence they found Stevens hiding in the corner of the basement under a blanket. Police also found some of Steven’s belongings, a digital scale, packets containing a mix of heroin and fentanyl.

Motel management told police Stevens had been evicted which verified the account provided by Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse faces possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit a felony charges and Stevens is charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, conspiracy to commit a felony and possession with intent to deliver fentanyl.

Both men are currently being held at North Central Regional Jail.