WILLIAMSON – The Williamson detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) made three arrests on alleged drug charges Thursday, Nov. 12.
Trooper First Class J.K. Harris arrested Zachary Kendrick, 26 from Williamson, while conducting road patrol in the Williamson area. The officer observed a blue Chevrolet Malibu parked along Prichard Street. The officer noted that the vehicle was occupied by two male subjects and a female subject was standing beside the driver’s side of the vehicle.
The officer observed the driver and female subject negotiate a type of hand to hand transaction. Aware of frequent drug trafficking and prostitution occurring in the Mingo County area, the officer stopped to investigate.
Kendrick and the female subject stated that they had exchanged a cigarette. At this point, the officer asked Kendrick to exit the vehicle to allow the officer to conduct an officer safety pat- down. Prior to the pat-down, the officer asked Kendrick if he had any weapons or contraband on his possession. At that time, Kendrick told the officer that he had a small amount of marijuana in the pocket of his sweatshirt. A small glass jar was removed from the sweatshirt which contained a leafy substance believed to be marijuana.
Further investigation revealed that the Kendrick’s operator’s license had been revoked for DUI and the registration on the Malibu had expired in Oct.
Michael Mullins, 61 from Delbarton, was arrested by Trooper Harris, while assisting in screening individuals reporting to Day Report due to recent drug violations. During this time, the officer learned that Mullins had transported his brother to the Mingo County Courthouse for a drug screen.
The WVSP were also requested to inspect and search the vehicles of the individuals reporting to Day Report. Officers learned that Mullins was outside the courthouse in a maroon Ford Taurus. The officer located the vehicle matching the description.
Contact was then made with Mullins who stated that he had transported his brother to the courthouse. After the officer explained the reasoning for contacting him, Mullins consented for the officer to conduct a search of his person and vehicle for controlled substances and contraband.
During the search, the officer discovered two Clonapin nerve pills and a portion of a marijuana cigarette. Mullins admitted to smoking marijuana the previous night.
Norma Jean Clark, 44 from Rawl, was arrested by Trooper H.A. Rose and Trooper R.L Jennings after the officers responded to a motor vehicle crash (MVC) near Thacker. Upon arrival, officers identified Clark who was still sitting in the driver’s seat of her Ford Escape.
The officers asked Clark to step out of the vehicle so a MVC could be conducted. Upon exiting the vehicle, officers noted signs of impairment including glassy, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and trouble maintaining balance.
Clark failed the three Field Sobriety Tests administered by the officers. A search of the vehicle revealed a pill bottle with no prescription label that contained several yellow capsule pills. Officers also discovered what they believed to be, several synthetic marijuana cigars. Clark stated that she had smoked synthetic marijuana before traveling back to her residence.
All names mentioned in this article were obtained by use of criminal complaints. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named 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.)