KINGWOOD, W.Va. – Legislation enforcement officers from a number of completely different companies made seven drug arrests in Preston County Wednesday.
All the arrests got here after visitors stops the place K9s gave optimistic indications of medication being within the automobiles, and all seem to have occurred within the neighborhood of Marvin’s Mountaintop, the place the Resonance Music and Arts Festival is being held this week. All however one of many folks arrested are from out of state.
In a single incident, a Preston County Sheriff’s deputy pulled a automobile over on Nuce Street, after it didn’t cease at a cease signal, the deputy stated. Whereas the deputy was giving the automobile’s driver a warning for the cease signal violation, a Harrison County Sheriff’s deputy used his K9 to test the skin of the automobile, leading to a optimistic indication, a legal grievance detailed. Deputies then discovered a big black case within the again seat of the automobile, which contained digital scales, a considerable amount of marijuana and a considerable amount of psilocybin mushrooms, individually packaged in jars, courtroom paperwork stated. The case had an ID card for the automobile’s passenger, Bryce Gaetano, 26 of Boardman, Ohio, on it, deputies stated. Gaetano informed the deputies that he was a priest and that the substances had been for a non secular goal.
Gaetano is charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute and two counts of transporting managed substances into the state. He’s being held within the Tygart Valley Regional Jail along with his bail set at $25,000.
In a distinct occasion, one other Preston County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a van, as a result of it had no inspection sticker on it, the deputy stated. The motive force, William Salomone, 28 of Marlinton, handed over a Virginia driver’s license, explaining that he had lived in West Virginia for a yr however had not modified his license, in accordance with courtroom paperwork. In the meantime, a Harrison County Sheriff’s deputy — a distinct one than within the Gaetano arrest — used his K9 to smell Salomone’s van. When requested to be sincere about what was within the van, Salomone handed the deputy two jars of marijuana, his legal grievance stated. An additional search revealed a number of scales, one with a considerable amount of THC wax on it, a Crown Royal bag with 10 THC wax containers, a basket with what gave the impression to be roughly 50 THC cookies and a big rifle case filled with glass pipes packaged to promote, the grievance detailed.
Salomone is being held within the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, with bail set at $10,000.
In a separate incident, a West Virginia State Trooper, based mostly on the Wheeling detachment, pulled a pick-up truck over on Sunny Hill Street, after the motive force made an unlawful U-turn, the trooper stated. The trooper noticed rolling papers within the heart console and requested the motive force, Nicholas Johnson, 23 of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, to step out of the truck. Johnson informed the trooper that there have been no medicine within the truck and denied consent for the truck to be searched, courtroom paperwork stated.
A deputy from the Preston County Sheriff’s Workplace then ran a K9 across the truck, and the canine indicated for the presence of medication twice, the trooper stated. Throughout a search of the automobile, a jar of THC extract, digital scales, smoking gadgets, a vacuum sealing machine, magnetic stash bins and money had been discovered, in accordance with courtroom paperwork.
Johnson, together with passengers, Katherine Botzet, 29 of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota and Sara Stockard, 24 of Ashby, Minnesota, had been then arrested and every charged with transporting narcotics into the state, possession with intent to distribute THC and conspiracy to commit a felony.
The three are all being held within the Tygart Valley Regional Jail with bail set at $75,000 every.
In one other incident, a Clarksburg Police officer pulled a automobile over on Route 7, as a result of it had a damaged brake gentle, paperwork stated. The officer had her K9 carry out a sniff exterior of the automobile, which gave a optimistic indication of medication, she stated. A search of the automobile produced a considerable amount of marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, capsules containing floor psilocybin mushrooms, a small quantity of LSD, greater than $1,100 in money and packaging supplies, courtroom paperwork stated.
The motive force, Alexandria Farber, 26 of Muskegon, Michigan and her passenger, Lucas Dawson, 25 of Grand Rapids, Michigan, had been every charged with possession with intent to distribute managed substances and conspiracy.
The pair are additionally being held within the Tygart Valley Regional Jail with Farber’s bail set at $25,000 and Dawson’s at $75,000.