UPSHUR COUNTY — A 31-year-old woman, Katrina Sandy, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine following a traffic stop on Wednesday, November 16.
According to the criminal complaint, which was filed by Patrolman James Fisher of the Buckhannon Police Department (BPD), he and Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputy Cameron Forte performed a traffic stop on a red 1994 Geo. As Patrolman Fisher made a driver-side approach, Deputy Forte was already asking the passenger out of the vehicle, who was later identified as Katrina Sandy. The driver of the vehicle was later identified as Kenneth Schoolcraft. In the complaint it is noted that Schoolcraft wouldn’t notice Patrolman Fisher standing next to him while he was seated in the vehicle. Patrolman Fisher observed Schoolcraft staring at the passenger floorboard for approximately 20 seconds, appearing to be in a daze.
Schoolcraft then looked over his right shoulder in an attempt to locate Deputy Forte, then looked into his driver-side mirror while placing his right hand into his pants pocket to pull something out. Patrolman Fisher then observed Schoolcraft pull something out of his pocket and throw it between the driver seat and the gear shifter to which Patrolman Fisher then asked Kenneth, “What was that brother?” To which he appeared to be startled and said, “God d***.” Patrolman Fisher then asked the driver, “You want to go ahead and step out real quick,” to which he mumbled something Patrolman Fisher could not understand. Patrolman Fisher then asked Schoolcraft what he took out of his pocket, to which he stated, “my knife.” Patrolman Fisher then requested Schoolcraft to step out of the vehicle again. Schoolcraft had responded, “why, what’s the problem.” Patrolman Fisher then stated,” I’m just asking you to step out,” to which Schoolcraft did comply.
Schoolcraft would walk to the back of the vehicle and Patrolman Fisher asked, “do you have anything on you I need to know about?” Schoolcraft stated, “no, but there’s no probable cause to search. I know my rights.” Patrolman Fisher said, “I’m going to search you. You pulled a knife out of your pocket. I want to make sure you don’t have no other weapons on you. If you got anything on you, go ahead and give it to me.” Schoolcraft then pulled a grayish bag out of his coveralls and when Patrolman Fisher asked what it was, he stated “drugs” and later divulged to Patrolman Fisher that it was cocaine and methamphetamine.
Deputy Forte asked Patrolman Fisher to assist in searching the vehicle. While searching the car, Patrolman Fisher located a blue purse with flower printings and observed a plastic bag with hypodermic needle caps sticking out which would later be identified as red capsules, commonly used for carrying methamphetamine, out of the bag and other drug paraphernalia in plain view sticking out of the bag. Patrolman Fisher then briefly conducted a probable cause search of the bag based on the drug paraphernalia in plain view. Patrolman Fisher would then take the bag and sat it on the vehicle’s trunk. Patrolman Fisher asked “whose purse is this,” to which Sandy stated it was hers. Patrolman Fisher asked if there was any drug paraphernalia in the bag, to which Sandy had said no. After advising Sandy that the drug paraphernalia could be seen in plain view Patrolman Fisher asked, “do you care if I look?” and Sandy stated, “you can look.” Inside Sandy’s purse, Patrolman Fisher located a pink clutch bag with a glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue and clear baggies containing a white crystal-like substance, later identified as approximately 0.5 grams of methamphetamine.
Patrolman Fisher continued the search of the vehicle and also located a black backpack in the back seat. Patrolman Fisher asked both subjects who owned the backpack, to which they both stated they did not know. Inside the backpack were digital scales, four cell phones, marijuana and mail from the DMV with Kenneth Schoolcraft’s name on it.
Sandy was then placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine and transported to Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ). The methamphetamine was taken as evidence and processed at the police department and following a field test was positive for methamphetamine. Sandy remains incarcerated on a $2,500 cash or surety bond.