Three men were arrested on drug and weapon charges earlier this month in two separate incidents.
On Tuesday, two Ohio men were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury. The West Virginia United States attorney said the two are facing charges on conspiracy to distribute drugs, the distribution of drugs, the possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, and maintaining a drug involved premise. Barillaro faces one count of brandishing a firearm in connection with drug trafficking, and Gardner is charged with possession of a firearm in connection with drug trafficking.
Both Barillaro and Gardner could face up to 20 years in prison on the drug charges.
The Harrison County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a Johnson Avenue hotel room rented in the name of Nicholas Gardner, 21 of Chilicothe, Ohio on Monday, Nov. 4. Task Force members observed Dillon Barillaro, 20 of Chilicothe, Ohio, standing in the corner of the room between the bed and the wall. Barillaro was holding a fully loaded hand gun with his arms extended in the direction of the Drug Task Force officers, according to a criminal complaint. The officers encountered Barillaro and he threw his gun onto the bed and was taken into custody. While apprehending Gardner, officers found an additional fully loaded firearm underneath his body, according to the criminal complaint.
Officers found approximately 33 grams of heroin, 26 grams of cocaine, several xanax pills and marijuana in the room. Both Barillaro and Gardner confessed that they were in the hotel room for the purpose of distributing heroin and cocaine in the Harrison County area, according to the criminal complaint.
Barillaro is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and wanton endangerment. Gardner is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Both are in North Central Regional Jail. Barrillaro's bail is set at $525,000 and Gardner's bail is set at $500,000.
In an unrelated incident, the Harrison County Sheriff's Department arrested Andrew John Smith, 19 of Clarksburg, after finding 73 stamps of heroin, 100 empty stamp packages, and more than 100 new and used needles. Smith was pulled over for failing to maintain a single lane while driving in East View. Smith told deputies that the heroin didn't belong to him and that he was holding it for a friend, according to a criminal complaint. Smith is being held in North Central Regional Jail with bail set at $100,000.