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NMPD Arrests Mother-Son Duo

By Staff | Feb 15, 2017

NEW MARTINSVILLE — A mother and her son were arrested in New Martinsville Tuesday, leading to a raid of their 38 Pin Oak Drive, New Martinsville home Wednesday morning.

According to New Martinsville Police Department Chief Tim Cecil, Franklin Keith Dotson, 32, was arrested Tuesday after allegedly using counterfeit money at two New Martinsville stores.

New Martinsville officers, the West Virginia State Police, Wetzel County Sheriff’s Department and Sistersville Police Department all responded to the call, with Rob Haught of Sistersville police carrying a United States Marshals warrant for Dotson. According to Cecil, Dotson was wanted by the U.S. Marshals for a parole violation.

Dotson was sentenced in 2011 to more than four years in prison for robbing WesBanco’s Pine Grove branch.

Dotson’s mother, Elva Lee Swan, 54, was arrested alongside Dotson and charged with possession of a controlled substance, after she allegedly was spotted throwing methamphetamine behind the police cruiser.

On Wednesday morning, several law enforcement agencies raided the residence of Dotson and Swan. Cecil noted Tyler County sheriff’s deputies also assisted, as they acquired the search warrant for the raid because Dotson’s and Swan’s residence actually is in Tyler County despite its New Martinsville address.

Cecil said the search yielded items that can be used to create counterfeit money, such as ink, printers and computers, along with cellphones and shredded counterfeit money.

Cecil said meth and meth pipes also were found, as well as a loaded weapon.