Crack found during traffic stop

By Courtney Harrison - [email protected]

Leonard Ray Ooten

Charity Jo Workman

WILLIAMSON – Two were arrested following a traffic stop after the driver allegedly admitted to having smoked crack prior to driving the vehicle and a passenger of the vehicle was found to have crack cocaine in her possession.

Charity Jo Workman, 24 from Delbarton, and Leonard Ray Ooten, 56 from Stollings, were arrested Monday, June 11, after TFC J. D. Matheny and Sr. Trp. D. L. Contos of the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) executed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Stollings in which Workman was a passenger.

According to a criminal complaint, Ooten was arrested on charges related to DUI, having no insurance and defective equipment. Officers were conducting road patrol when the Ford F150 driven by Ooten was found to have a defective registration lamp. Before officers could turn on their emergency lights and initiate the traffic stop, Ooten allegedly swerved his vehicle on the right hand shoulder of the route 119.

The complaint states that when officers made contact with Ooten, they observed him to be showing signs of impairment. After failing the Standardized Field Sobriety tests, Ooten allegedly told officers that he had smoked crack cocaine prior to driving the vehicle.

A criminal complaint filed on Workman states that officers then asked if she would consent to a search of her person, to which she agreed.

Workman was requested by law enforcement to pull her bra straight out and lightly shake it. Following the order, Workman hesitated and allegedly acted as if she was concealing something inside her bra. The officer then pulled Workman’s bra outward, and two silver tubes used for smoking illicit drugs and a small bag containing what appeared to be crack cocaine fell out of Workman’s shirt. When questioned about the bag, Workman allegedly admitted that the contents of the bag were in fact, crack cocaine. Workman was arrested on misdemeanor charges related to possession of a controlled substance.

Following the arrest, Workman and Ooten were transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail located in Holden W.Va. The pair was arraigned the following day before Magistrate Brock Mounts.

Information in this article was obtained by use of criminal complaints which are public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

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By Courtney Harrison

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(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

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