Crime unit seizes heroin, meth, oxycodone and cash


BUCKHANNON — Charges are pending against two Buckhannon individuals after members of the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit seized heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone and a large sum of cash from a Hall Road residence Wednesday.

Johnna Courtney, 37, and Garry William Moran, 38, were arrested on outstanding warrants issued in Marion and Upshur counties, according to a release from the crime unit which is made up of officers from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Buckhannon Police Department, Braxton County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police.

Members of the unit and Upshur sheriff’s deputies went to the residence to execute a search warrant for Moran and seized the drugs and cash during a search of the residence.

The press release does not state what charges related to the drugs Moran and Courtney might be facing.

However, Courtney was charged by Upshur Sheriff’s Cpl. Theron Caynor with obstructing an officer related to the Jan. 9 execution of the search warrant.


When Caynor, chief Deputy Mike Kelley and Lt. Mark Davis went to 5611 Hall Rd. to execute a warrant for Moran who was listed as Courtney’s boyfriend and living in the residence at the time, Courtney allegedly told deputies Moran had left, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. However, Courtney allowed the deputies to search the residence and Moran was found hiding in the laundry room behind some baskets of clothes.

Courtney was arraigned on the obstructing an officer misdemeanor charge as well as a shoplifting second offense misdemeanor charge pending from December, according to the file. Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $5,500 cash or surety in those cases.

Moran was released on a $5,000 bond for a driving revoked for DUI second offense charge in October. However, magistrate court records show a bailpiece was requested by Bill’s Bail Bonds on Dec. 6 and a capias was issued for Moran on Dec. 17, 2018 after he appealed to appear for a criminal proceeding.

Moran was also on a $100,000 bond for a Marion County case in which he was arrested in October for manufacturing, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture/deliver, fentanyl, and conspiracy, both felonies, according to magistrate court records.

Courtney had also been released on a $25,000 bond for her Marion County charges in October of manufacture/delivery or possession with intent to manufacture/delivery and conspiracy, felonies.

Records in the magistrate clerk’s office indicate Courtney also had a bail piece requested on her by Bill’s Bail Bonds on Dec. 6.

Courtney was arrested in October for fraudulent schemes and conspiracy, a felony, and had been released on a $10,000 bond.