Debbie RolenStaff Writer
April 30, 2013
Chapmanville Police Department Cpl. N. Tucker contacted the Logan County Sheriff’s Department about possible drug activity in the Best Western at Chapmanville.
Sheriff’s Department Deputies Sutherland and Brumfield responded, bringing along K-9 Kimbo, a dog specially trained to detect the presence of drugs.
Sutherland and Brumfield, arrived at Best Western with K-9 Kimbo. Kimbo indicated at room 201.
Cpl. N. Tucker knocked on the door and asked the tenant for consent to search the room. The tenant signed a consent form and granted the officers access to search the room.
During the search, officers found one clear plastic bag containing two grams of marijuana and one clear bag containing twenty (20) Lortabs 10 mg (Hydrocodone), three (3) Valuims, and eight (8) Roxicodone 30mg. Another Lortab, one Roxicodone and a half of a Valium was also found in the room, along with $1,582 in U.S. currency.
The room was found to be in the name of Michael Ray Fortuna of Crooked Creek Road at Peach Creek. Mr. Fortuna told Cpl. Tucker that he had thrown the clear plastic bag of various pills under a small refrigerator prior to opening the door for the officers.
A US 119 Task Force officer was contacted to come to the scene and assist with the investigation.
“It is great to see our law enforcement agencies in Logan County working together and supporting each other in their mission to clean up our community and make it a safer place for our families to live. I am so proud of our deputies. They have taken this mission to heart and they will not stop until they get the job done,” said Logan County Sheriff Sonya Porter
Mr. Fortuna was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to deliver. Other occupants found in the room Fortuna were Billy Lawerance and Deena Gore.