Suspected Harrison County heroin dealer to remain in jail

Suspected Harrison County heroin dealer to remain in jail

Posted Friday, 18 October 2013

This article originally appeared on Clarksburg Exponent. View the original post here.

CLARKSBURG — A federal magistrate on Friday ordered a 27-year-old accused of selling heroin detained pending prosecution.       

Matthew Vanhorn, formerly of Stonewood, was arrested by the Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force following a controlled buy late last week at the Bridgeport Wingate Inn.       

The task force also raided the room at the Wingate that Vanhorn allegedly had been staying at from July 12 through Oct. 11, according to a court document.       

The Wingate’s manager told a veteran Clarksburg police officer assigned to the task force that Vanhorn had paid about $11,100 to rent the room, as well as for fees, during that time.                    

A confidential informant told the task force agent that Vanhorn was unemployed and that he was staying at the motel with a dancer from an exotic club, according to the court filing.

The Wingate’s manager “advised that Vanhorn would come to the desk daily prior to the time for checkout and would pay cash to continue renting the room,” the agent alleged. “The manager added that the room has displayed a “Do Not Disturb” sign since July 12, 2013, and that the cleaning crew (had) not been permitted to clean the room since that date as well.”

The court filing also alleges that informants provided information that Vanhorn had been traveling to Pittsburgh regularly to obtain heroin and that he had been a source of drugs at Clarksburg Oakmound apartments.

Multiple purchases of heroin were made from Vanhorn during the investigation, according to the court filing.

The office of U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said in a press release that searches of the motel and a Stonewood residence resulted in the recovery of $4,121 in cash, multiple bundles of heroin totaling about 90 grams, multiple empty bags of heroin and other items.

Two children were present and near empty heroin baggies and packaged heroin during the warrant service at the motel, according to Ihlenfeld’s office.

Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan, in her motion to keep Vanhorn detained, alleged probable cause to believe Vanhorn committed a drug crime that could result in more than 10 years in prison.