By Rachel Dove
GILBERT - A West Virginia State Police trooper arrested a Wharncliffe resident on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of a concealed weapon without a permit after receiving a tip that drugs were being sold out of a vehicle parked at a car wash along U.S. Highway 52.
According to the criminal complaint filed Friday by Trooper D.L. Contos, the trooper was dispatched to the car wash, where he was told that Larry Cline, 38, was allegedly selling Suboxone strips out of a silver Jeep. Upon arrival, the trooper said he saw a Jeep Compass in the parking lot. Contact was then made with the driver, identified as Benjamin Bentley, who allegedly advised the trooper that he had provided transportation to the defendant, whose purpose was to sell the Suboxone strips.
Cline was searched, and one Suboxone strip was hidden inside a pocket of his clothing, the trooper said. Upon further investigation, the report said, a Nike brand backpack was located, which contained 24 additional Suboxone strips along with a plastic bag containing a green, leafy substance that was identified as marijuana. Also concealed in the bag was a pair of brass knuckles, Contos said.
Cline was arraigned by Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden on a $17,000 bond.
Brandon Neil White, 27, of Williamson, was taken into custody by Senior Trooper J.D. Matheny, Trooper D.M. Williamson and Kermit Police Chief E. Chambers on charges of manufacturing/cultivating a controlled substance (marijuana).
Officers said they received a tip Friday from an anonymous caller that a Ford Focus was traveling from Belo toward the town of Kermit with multiple marijuana plants in the trunk of the car.
Chambers located the vehicle traveling northbound on U.S. 52 near the intersection of Virginia Avenue and began following it. After watching the Ford cross the center line of the highway, a traffic stop was initiated. The driver of the car, Ruby Martin, was ordered to get out of the vehicle. The officers said they inquired of Martin if there were any illegal drugs in the car, to which she allegedly replied that the passenger (White) had several marijuana plants concealed in the trunk.
A search of the trunk was performed, which produced a total of six marijuana plants that were planted in five separate containers, according to the officers. White is said to have admitted that the plants belonged to him, not to Martin.
White was taken before Sidebottom, who set a bond of $15,000. The defendant was unable to make bail and was taken to jail.
Billy Robert Daugherty, 38, of Edgarton, was placed under arrest by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department deputies L. Thomas and M. Lendearo after being charged with one count of cultivating marijuana.
The report states that the officer found what was believed to be three marijuana plants growing on property owned by the defendant. The plants allegedly were discovered planted in large buckets behind the residence. The find was made after the deputies were provided a tip from an anonymous caller, according to their report.
The defendant was arraigned by Sidebottom and was remanded to Southwestern Regional Jail on a $15,000 bond.