UPDATE: Man charged in connection to Aug. 22 incident, brandishing weapon in Fairmont


Anika Desilva

UPDATE (9/9/19 2:29 p.m.):

FAIRMONT W.Va. – A second individual involved in a drug arrest from Aug. 22 has been arrested after brandishing a weapon to a crowd of people.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Fairmont Police Department, officers responded to a residence on Watson Avenue in reference to a disturbance involving a firearm.

When officers arrived on scene, they spoke with four individuals who were on the street at the time of the incident, who said they got into a verbal altercation with a black male, later identified as Anika Desilva, 30, of Fairmont, officer said.

Anika Desilva

Desilva, according to the witnesses, came out of the residence of 231 Watson Avenue Apt. 3 brandishing a camo pistol at them and telling them to “be quiet because this apartment is hot right now,” according to the criminal complaint.

After speaking with the witnesses, officers obtained a search warrant for the apartment Desilva had exited from and found him in the attic under a blanket, and during that search the officers found a pink camouflage pistol in a shoebox in the back of Desilva’s bedroom, deputies said.

Desilva is charged with three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance as a result of the Aug. 22 incident, as well as being charged with brandishing deadly weapons and obstructing an officer for the events on Sept. 9.

He is being held in North Central Regional Jail on $25,024 bond.

ORIGINAL (8/30/19 11:58 a.m.):

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – A Fairmont woman has been arrested on multiple drug-related charges after Marion County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve an eviction notice.

Faatima Jones

On Aug. 22, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department served an eviction notice to 10 Locust Avenue Apartment F in Fairmont, whose tenants were identified as Faatima Jones, 31, of Fairmont, and another individual, according to a criminal complaint.

While serving the notice, deputies said they observed marijuana, digital scales and packaging material in plain view, as well as a black safe nearby the observed items.

Deputies obtained a warrant to search the safe, and found items consistent with the sale of heroin, methamphetamine and crack-cocaine, as well as individually wrapped containers of crack-cocaine and heroin, plus a large rock of crystal methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

Also found inside the safe were a wallet with multiple credit cards and other identifying information of Jones and the other resident, digital scales with drug residue and multiple loaded handguns, deputies said.

Jones is charged with three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. She is being held in North Central Regional Jail on $75,000 bond.

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