Traffic stop nets meth bust

BUCKHANNON — A Lewis County woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine following a traffic stop Sunday in Buckhannon.
On Sunday, Natural Resources Police Officer Tanner Collins initiated a traffic stop on a Jeep Cherokee for defective equipment, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Collins stated he could allegedly smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked the driver, Joshua Lee Black, 22, of Weston, where the marijuana was but the driver denied having any.
After Collins asked Black to step out of the vehicle, Tracy Spurlock, 26, the passenger, then spoke up and allegedly admitted to smoking a roach. Spurlock pulled a baggie of a green leafy substance out of her bra. Collins searched the vehicle and found a small purse in the center console with multiple baggies containing a white substance and two smoking devices.  In the passenger floorboard, a grinder containing a green leafy substance was found and in a small backpack, another container had marijuana resin.  A digital scale was also located in the vehicle. The white substance tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately 7.3 grams.
Spurlock was arrested for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a felony.
Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $50,000. If convicted, Spurlock faces confinement in prison for not less than one year nor more than five years and/or fined not more than $25,000.
Black was arrested for DUI first offense-controlled substance, shoplifting two counts and trespassing two counts as well as cited for no operators.
Black allegedly admitted to Collins that he used marijuana two minutes before he was pulled over and he used meth earlier in the day, according to the criminal complaint. Black showed impairment on the walk and turn and one-legged stand tests. Patrolman First Class Marshall O’Connor with the Buckhannon Police Department had two trespassing warrants for Black where he was spotted in Walmart in May and July despite knowing he was not supposed to be on the property, according to the criminal complaints. Sgt. William Courtney with the BPD also had a warrant for shoplifting from April 17 in which Black allegedly stole a Boost Mobile phone from Walmart and Patrolman First Class Darin Hissam had another warrant for Black allegedly concealing $11 in merchandise at Walmart but was stopped by loss prevention.
Coffman set bond at $5,000.
In a separate case, Ronald Ross Chastine, 30, of Buckhannon, was arrested Friday for being a fugitive from justice and unlawful use of a license or non-operators ID and obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors.
Chief Matt Gregory said Chastine was wanted out of Maryland but also had a capias out of Monongalia County and a warrant out of Harrison County.
Patrolman First Class Joshua Wilson received information that Chastine was at the Clothes Closet on Friday and he and Gregory located the subject. Wilson asked if Chastine had an ID. Chastine allegedly pulled out an ID for Jonathon Chastine, Chastine’s brother. After further questioning and Gregory noticing that the paperwork from the Parish House had Chastine’s real name, Chastine finally admitted to being Ronald Chastine, according to the criminal complaint. The ID was later returned to the brother.
Coffman set bond at $10,000 for the two misdemeanors but the fugitive case was transferred to circuit court.

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