TAYLOR COUNTY — An Elkins man was arrested in Taylor County after he willingly turned over 42.32 grams of marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop, police said.
Chester Lee Warner, 27, of 1 Bridgewater Lane, Elkins, is being charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana. According to a criminal complaint filed in Taylor County Magistrate Court, Taylor County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Dylan Johnson was paroling on U.S. 119 South when he saw a black sedan weaving in its lane and crossing the center line.
According to the complaint, Johnson initiated a traffic stop and made contact with Warner and a female passenger.
“This officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle,” the complaint states.
Johnson then called for back up and Grafton Police Department Patrolman Mayle responded to the scene. Warner was asked to step out of the vehicle and questioned to whether or not he had marijuana in the vehicle.
“He advised he just picked up some and he had over an ounce of said substance,” it states in the complaint. “He then voluntarily went to the vehicle and pulled a green back pack out and voluntarily unzipped the bag to winch he began to pull out multiple larger bags of marijuana.”
According the the complaint, Warner pulled out four individually wrapped baggies with green leafy substance in them. The first bag was approximately 5.19 grams, the second contained approximately 16.09 grams, the third had approximately 6.31 grams and the fourth was approximately 2.92 grams.
“The defendant also had paraphernalia in said baggie including a torch wrapping papers and cut straws and smoking device,” the complaint states. “This officer then was advised by the defendant that he uses methamphetamine as well. He advised this officer that he was high under the influence of marijuana.”
Johnson then detained Warner and secured him the cruiser. After officers on scene spoke, Warner was taken out of the cruiser and was released from his restraints. Warner was then read his Miranda rights and advised the officers that he understood.
“After being read his Miranda rights, Mr. Warner admitted to selling marijuana. He also admitted that he had $700 … in his wallet and that most of the money was from selling marijuana,” it states in the complaint. “The defendant then voluntarily took a zip container out of his jacket pocket and voluntarily opened it and the defendant hat a meth pipe as well as a baggie of crystal like substance. The defendant stated the substance wasn’t meth. He stated he thought it was meth when he bought it, but he got ripped off.”
Johnson field tested the substance and the test yielded a negative result for meth. Johnson obtained written consent to search the vehicle. The officer found two more larger baggies of green leafy substance in the center console. One bag was approximately 7.62 grams and the other was approximately 4.16 grams. Also in the center console, the officer found a meth pipe and a small capsule with two wrappers inside. Each wrapper contained a pill and Warner identified the first pill as a 7.5mg hydrocodone, a schedule II controlled substance, and said the second pill was a vyvanse, a schedule II controlled substance. Warner told officers he did not have a valid prescription of either medication.
According to the complaint, Johnson then found a marijuana pipe in the door of the car. Johnson searched Warner’s wallet and found $889. Warner was placed under arrest and Warner told Johnson he had $1,000 in his back pocket and Johnson found $1,020 of cash after search Warner.
The complaint states all together the officer seized $1,909, 42.32 grams of suspected marijuana with a street value of approximately $846.40. Warner was then transported for processing and then to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
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