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Man arrested on multiple drug charges in Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — David L. McCracken, 37, no address provided, was arrested on several drug-related charges after officers responded to a disturbance call on South Zane Highway in Martins Ferry on Monday night.

According to information provided by Police Chief John McFarland, a caller at 1010 S. Zane Highway reported her boyfriend was hitting himself. She had locked herself in a bedroom to stay away from him.

When officers arrived at the house they met McCracken, who appeared to be under the influence.

Before officers arrived, McCracken allegedly disposed of a backpack at the rear of the home. McCracken reportedly gave officers the OK to check the bag. It allegedly contained the following:

A plastic bag containing a white substance suspected as methamphetamine that weighed about 27 grams;

A plastic bag containing a purple rock substance;

A plastic bag containing a white rock substance;

Two glass smoking pipes;

Numerous prescription medications;

Two electronic weighing scales;

Multiple hypodermic needles; and

Numerous “stamp” bags, or wax packets that are often stamped with symbols and used to distribute drugs.

McCracken was transported to the Belmont County Jail without incident. He was charged with possessing drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor; drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; and trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony.

According to Belmont County Jail information, McCracken is being held on $31,740 in total bonds.

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