Police officers make drug arrests


Local police beat

By Courtney Harrison - [email protected]



WILLIAMSON – Local law enforcement agencies have reported five recent drug related arrests throughout Mingo County.

Brianna Mccay, 24 from Williamson was arrested Friday, February 10, by officers with the Williamson Police Department (WPD) on charges related to obstructing, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and possession of a controlled substance. A criminal complaint states that the arrest was made after officers responded to a domestic disturbance. Officers arrived at the residence and were told that Mccay had been asked to leave. The officers allegedly observed Mccay screaming outside the residence. The officers informed Mccay that she had to leave and took her to a nearby service station where she would remain warm while waiting for a ride. At that time, officers allegedly informed Mccay that she would be arrested if she returned to the residence. Officers then received a second disturbance call from the owner of the residence stating that Mccay had returned. Mccay was placed under arrest and officers conducted a search of her person. The search allegedly revealed Mccay to be in the possession of suboxone strips, syringes, and rubber tie off bands.

The West Virginia State Police arrested a Williamson couple on misdemeanor charges related to obstructing and possession of marijuana. Melissa Kay Willis and Benjamin Cam Willis were arrested Friday, February 3. A criminal complaint states that on that day, officers were trying to locate Benjamin Willis concerning an active warrant for his arrest for an incident that had occurred in the Maher area of Mingo County. Officers located where Benjamin resides and spoke with his wife Melissa Willis who allegedly informed officers that Benjamin was not home. At that time, officers allegedly detected the odor of marijuana emitting from the residence and observed a marijuana pipe filled with what appeared to be marijuana sitting in plain view inside the residence. A search of the residence allegedly revealed Benjamin Willis to be hiding underneath a bed inside the residence.

David Brewer, 51 from Kermit, was arrested by officers with the West Virginia State Police Saturday, February 4 on misdemeanor charges related to possession of marijuana and possession of a scheduled II controlled substance. A criminal complaint states that the officers were attempting to locate Brewer concerning an active arrest warrant. Officers located the Brewer and placed him into custody. A search of Brewer allegedly revealed a green substance believed to be marijuana and four while pills which could only be obtained with a prescription.

Joshua Sipple, 30 from Logan, was arrested by officers with the West Virginia State Police Friday, February 3 on misdemeanor charges related to two counts of possession of a controlled substance, speeding, expired registration and no proof of insurance. A criminal complaint states that the arrest was made after a traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle driven by Sipple for speeding. When officers made contact with Sipple, they allegedly detected the odor or marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The officer allegedly asked Sipple about the marijuana odor and Sipple admitted that he did have marijuana and provided the officer with a partially smoked marijuana cigarette. The officer then allegedly told Sipple that he believed that there was additional marijuana in the vehicle and Sipple then provided him with five marijuana cigarettes. As Sipple retrieved the remaining marijuana, the officer noticed a small envelope tucked into the waist band of Sipple’s pants and asked him to step out of the vehicle. A pat down of Sipple revealed the envelope to contain 15 Suboxone strips.

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 and unless proven guilty.

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Local police beat

By Courtney Harrison

[email protected]

(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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