BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents arrested two people and seized drugs, thousands of dollars in cash and firearms in a traffic stop on Brushy Fork Road Monday night.
Acting on a tip, the deputies and ATF agents initiated a traffic stop on Rocky Douglas Idleman, 37, of Clarksburg, with reason to believe that Idleman was possessing methamphetamine with the intent to deliver and was a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.
Cpl. Rodney Rolenson with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department stated that he allegedly smelled marijuana coming from inside the Ford F-150 and asked Idleman and the passenger, Clarissa Adkins, 24, of Wallace, to step out of the vehicle.
A K-9 indicated drugs were in the vehicle and a search found marijuana, money and scales in the center console. Further searching yielded three handguns, methamphetamine, baggies and drug paraphernalia. Idleman has previous convictions including arson that occurred in Upshur County, according to the criminal complaint.
Idleman was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by prohibited person, both felonies.
Adkins was arrested for conspiracy and escape or attempt to escape from custody, both felonies.
After Adkins was taken into custody and handcuffed, she was put in the rear of Cpl. Theron Caynor’s cruiser but got out while officers were searching the truck she had been a passenger in and went to another deputy’s cruiser to try to open the door where Idleman had been placed in. When deputies spotted Adkins, she then attempted to run in the direction of Route 33 before she was stopped by Deputy Tyler Gordon.
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $75,000 for each.
If convicted, Idleman faces confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one nor more than five years and/or fined not more than $15,000 for possession of a controlled substance, and a fine of $100 to $1,000 and/or 90 days to one year in jail for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Adkins could face confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one nor more than five years and/or a fine of up to $10,000 for conspiracy and confinement in a state correctional facility for not more than five years.