CHATTAROY, W.Va. – An anonymous tip led the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) in the arrest of three alleged drug suspects Saturday, Oct. 31 in the Chattaroy area.
Jennifer and Roger Bevins of Chattaroy were arrested on felony charges by Trooper First Class J.D. Matheny, Senior Trooper S.A. Belt and Senior Trooper J.J. Dean for cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy.
On Friday, Oct. 30, the officers received an anonymous tip of possible indoor cultivation of marijuana at a residence located in the Chattaroy area.
The next day, officers arrived at the residence and spotted what was believed to be a marijuana plant at the bottom of the steps leading to the front door of the residence.
The officers made contact with Roger and Jennifer Bevins. Roger Bevins advised officers that he was growing marijuana inside the residence. The officers obtained a verbal and written consent to search the residence.
Upon search of the residence, officers located 15 green leafy plants believed to be marijuana. Roger Bevins did conspire with Jennifer Bevins to unlawfully manufacture, deliver or possess with the intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana, a controlled substance classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic.
While conducting the drug investigation of the residence, the officers encountered Thomas Price. Price resided in a small apartment behind the Bevins residence which was also owned by Roger Bevins.
When Price answered the door, the officers observed several Suboxone packages on the T.V. stand in plain view.
When officers inquired if any of the occupants of the apartment were prescribed Suboxone, they were advised that no one had a prescription.
Upon further investigation, the officers discovered four unopened packages of 8mg Suboxone which is a Schedule three controlled substance.
Price was arrested on misdemeanor charges for possession of a controlled substance.
(All names in this article were obtained by use of criminal complaints which are public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and all mentioned should be considered innocent until proven guilty.)
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.0