GILBERT - The officers with the Town of Gilbert Police Department (GPD) are at the top of the list in Mingo County when it comes to the amount of reported arrests and this past week was definitely not an exception to this fact, including 6 felony arrests that were drug related in nature.
According to criminal complaints filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court by GPD Asst. Police Chief N.A. Glanden and Patrolman C.A. Haynes, 6 individuals were arrested after traffic stops were conducted on vehicles they were either operating or in which they were a passenger, resulting in arrests that involved charges of possessing and/or selling illegal prescription drugs.
Stoney Lee Reed, 32, of Amigo, WV, was the subject of a traffic stop after his vehicle was observed to have an expired inspection sticker, but this investigation soon took a different route after the defendant was found to be in possession of 39 Suboxone tablets for which he did not have a valid prescription. Reed was charged with possession with intent to deliver a Schedule III narcotic, driving on a suspended license and no insurance.
Chassity Murdock, 27, also of Amigo, was a passenger in Reed’s vehicle during the traffic stop, and according to the officers she appeared very nervous and jittery while being questioned as to whether she had a valid driver’s license and could be designated to drive the defendant’s truck home since he was being arrested. She allegedly admitted that she too, had a suspended license, and that she was taking the drug Suboxone without a valid prescription. A search of her purse resulted in finding 5 bottles of medication that included Phentermine Hydrocloride (Adipex), which is a Schedule IV drug; the anti-depressant medication Prozac and anti-anxiety prescription drug Clonazepam (Klonopin), also Schedule IV controlled substances; several Neurotin tablets which is a controlled substance but is not scheduled and Suboxone strips that were concealed inside a USA Gold cigarette package, which is a schedule III controlled substance.
Murdock was charged with possession with intent to deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance and unlawful receipt of a prescription drug.
Clarence West, 37, of Simon, was charged with possession with one count each of intent to deliver a Schedule III controlled substance after a report was called into Mingo County 911 reporting that 2 males and 1 female was inside the McDonald’s in Gilbert and appeared to be highly intoxicated.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered West, Tammy Holstein, 40, of Coal City, and Leroy West, age unknown also of Simon, inside the fast-food chain talking in a loud tone of voice and staggering around the establishment. Leroy was arrested on a charge of DUI, while Clarence found himself facing a more serious set of charges.
While doing a safety pat-down on the defendant after the officers observed Clarence placing his hands in the pocket of his pants after continuously being told not to do so, they stated in the complaint that they found on his person several Hydrocodone tablets, a Schedule III controlled substance along with numerous Clonazepam tablets, which are a Schedule IV. Clarence also is said to have had a $1 bill rolled up in his pocket that contained a powdery residue. He was then taken into custody and charged with possession with intent to deliver a Schedule III controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance.
Holstein was found to be in possession of an aluminum container that is said to be commonly used to transport illegal prescription drugs that contained Ropoxyphene Napsylate tablets, a Schedule IV controlled substance and two other types of pills that are prescription only but are not listed as a controlled substance. The defendant was charged with possession with intent to deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance and possession without a valid prescription.
A father and son, Ricky Layton Hatfield, 44, and Ricky Layton Hatfield, Jr., 23, both of Varney, were arrested following a traffic stop after the driver of a pickup truck traveling on Rt. 80 made an abrupt stop after he spotted officers conducting a check point.
Upon making contact with the driver and passenger, the vehicle was found to have an expired inspection sticker and after conducting a registration check through the WV DMV, law enforcement discovered that the registration sticker on the truck allegedly belonged on another vehicle. While being questioned, Hatfield (the father) admitted he did not have valid insurance and stated that he and his son would leave town if the officers would allow them to do so. Hatfield, Jr. failed to complete a series of field sobriety tests administered to him and is said to have spoken with a slurred speech. Both men were removed from the vehicle and were searched, at which time a number of Alprazolam tablets were located.
The father was charged with possession with intent to deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance and unlawful receipt of drugs, and the son faces counts of DUI, possession with intent to deliver of a Schedule IV controlled substance, improper registration, no insurance and improper MVI.