2 Barbour County men receive drug charges after police execute search warrant

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PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Two Philippi men have been arrested on drug charges after police searched a Museum Street apartment, according to a criminal complaint.

West Virginia State Police, the Philippi Police Department and the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the Museum Street home to locate a wanted man, according to the complaint.  When police made contact with the resident of the Museum Street home, Joseph Hanifan, 54, of Philippi, said that it was just “himself, a friend named Sam from Weston and a female,” according to the complaint.

When Hanifan opened the door so police could speak with the male friend, they noticed another man inside, whom they identified as Wendell Beverly, 56, of Philippi, according to the complaint.  Police then entered with Hanifan’s permission to make sure no one else was in the home, according to the complaint.

Police said they noticed a clear plastic bag on Hanifan’s headboard that contained marijuana, according to the complaint.  When asked if any other illegal substances were present in the home,  Hanifan responded, “no,” so police asked if they could continue searching the home, to which Hanifan responded, “I don’t know,” according to the complaint.

Police secured the residence as they waited for a search warrant, which was later issued, according to the complaint.  After receiving the warrant, police searched the home and found Hanifan in possession of a small blue bag of methamphetamine, as well as a silver container containing a clear plastic baggie with several marijuana seeds inside, according to the complaint.

Police also searched a room wherein Beverly was the only occupant and found a black leather bag that had a white container holding three blue bags of methamphetamine; a digital scale with methamphetamine residue; a black container with two plastic bags of methamphetamine; and a black wallet containing Beverly’s West Virginia-issued identification, according to the complaint.  Police said the blue bags of methamphetamine belonging to Beverly were packaged the same way as the methamphetamine belonging to Hanifan.

Beverly has been charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit a felony.  Hanifan has been charged with cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Both men are being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

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