A note warning people about snitches led police to discover that the owner of the residence was dealing drugs.
Deputies for the Fayette County Sheriff's Department responded to a joyriding complaint at a residence in Oak Hill, West Virginia at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Thursday. When the deputies approached the residence, they spotted a bright pink sign posted on the front door, warning that everyone entering the home is subject to arrest "due to snitches."
"Due to snitches everyone entering my home is subject to being searched," the note reads. "All cell phones and drinks will be left outside!! If you're not a snitch, it won't offend you if I search you!"
The note led deputies to believe drugs were being sold at the residence.
"In addition to conducting their investigation into the joyriding complaint, deputies questioned the occupants about drug sales and obtained consent to search the residence," the department wrote on Facebook. "This search resulted in the seizure of quantities of both heroin and methamphetamine, as well as various other unknown substances that were believed to be narcotics."
The homeowner, April Lynn Lavender, 38, was arrested and charged with the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Lavender was remanded to the Southern Regional Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Kristie Weis, 22, was arrested and charged with the misdemeanor offense of joyriding, and was also booked at the Southern Regional Jail in lieu of $1,500 bond.
"While drug investigations often require a great deal of time and effort, sometimes the criminals make our job pretty easy," said Sheriff Kessler. "If someone posts a sign on their front door about searching 'snitches,' it's a pretty safe bet that there are illegal drugs being sold out of that location."