ACCOVILLE - A man from Accoville was arrested and slapped with a heavy bond recently after a traffic stop found him to reportedly be in possession of methamphetamine, Gabapentin and a firearm.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Cpl. J.K. Harris with the West Virginia State Police, on Sept. 3, Harris observed the accused, Steven Andrew Whitt, 32, of Accoville, operating a blue Ford Mustang on Accoville Hollow Road. The vehicle reportedly did not have a valid inspection sticker.
DMV records confirmed that Whitt's license is suspended and also revealed the registration on the Mustang to not be on file.
Harris pulled Whitt over and reportedly observed a bong in the car's center console. A search of the vehicle reportedly resulted in the discovery of approximately 10 grams of crystal methamphetamine.
The methamphetamine was found in a small black case located on the passenger seat and was packaged in four small plastic bags. The small black case also contained a digital scale and additional small plastic bags for distribution.
During the vehicle search, Harris also found a loaded .38 caliber revolver, which is said to have been concealed in a black canvas bag in the floor behind the center console and between the driver and passenger seat of the vehicle. Whitt has prior felony convictions and is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm.
A purse in the passenger side floor was searched, and two Gabapentin pills were reportedly found inside. Whitt said the purse belong to his girlfriend, but the pills were his and he placed them in her purse.
A search of Whitt reportedly revealed an additional two grams of methamphetamine in an internal pocket in the waistband of his shorts.
Whitt was charged with no MVI, improper registration, no insurance, driving while suspended, possession with intent to deliver (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance (Gabapentin) and prohibited person with a firearm. He was arraigned on a $100,000 cash/surety bond, which he has since posted.