Suspicious traffic leads to drug arrests in Newell

NEWELL, W.Va. — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office made several arrests Wednesday afternoon in conjunction with a fugitive apprehension in Newell.

Sheriff’s deputies apprehended Franklin Gilbert, 41, Newell, who was wanted with a bond revocation warrant out of Hancock County Circuit Court, where he has a drug trafficking indictment and is awaiting trial.

While conducting surveillance on Gilbert’s home located on Newell Heights, deputies observed traffic coming in and out of his residence, which was believed indicative of drug activity.

Deputies executed traffic stops on two vehicles seen leaving Gilbert’s home and recovered a small amount of marijuana from each. Three people, who are not from the local area, were each charged for possession of a controlled substance — Keith Cabrero Jr., 49, Columbus; Terrance Robinson, 28, Youngstown; and Rodney Carter, 37, Youngstown. Each were arrested and transported to the Hancock Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators learned one or more of the individuals involved were likely to carry a firearm. Subsequently, the Hancock County Special Response Team (SRT) was activated in order to serve the warrant at Gilbert’s home. The SRT made entry into the home and arrested Gilbert without incident.

Search warrants obtained by deputies assigned to the drug task force resulted in additional evidence being recovered on Wednesday including a firearm, reportedly found in the engine compartment of the vehicle occupied by Robinson and Cabrero.

The investigation surrounding these drug-related activities is ongoing and additional charges are possible at a later date. Meanwhile, Gilbert will be held at the Northern Regional Jail pending a new trial date for his underlying indictment.