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Mingo County trio arrested along Route 44

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

November 20, 2013

West Virginia State Police Officers were on routine patroll in the W.Va. Route 44 area of Logan County when they observed a red dodge truck with a broken rear window parked along a back road in an area that was posted no trespassing in several places. The officers executed a traffic stop and made contact with three individuals from Mingo County.


The officers filed criminal complaints in the Magistrate Court of Logan County. Criminal complaints are public information. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Billy Mitchem, 39, of Varney, was driving the vehicle and was not wearing his seatbelt. Officers observed a syringe in the vehicle with an unknown substance inside. The criminal complaint says the defendant and passengers in the vehicle told the officers the substance was a roxycodone 30 prescription pill they had bought earlier in the day. A DMV query revealed Mitchem’s driver’s license was revoked for DUI. Mitchem was arrested and charged with defective equipment, drivers dicense revoked for DUI, no seat belt, trespassing and possession of a controlled substance less than 15 grams. Bond was set at $2,500.


Scotty Mitchem, 35, of Varney, spoke with officers, who observed a needed containing what is believed to be roxycodone residue. Mitchem did not have a seatbelt on and was parked in an area posted no trespassing. He was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance less than 15 grams, no seatbelt and trespassing. Bond was set at $2,500.


Melissa Beth Cochran, 33, of Delbarton, was in the middle of the seat without a seatbelt on. While the officer was speaking with another defendant, Cochran attempted to hide a needle containing what is believed to be roxycodone residue and was parked in an area posted no trespassing. Cochran was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance less than 15 grams, obstructing and trespassing. Bond was set at $2,500.