KERMIT – Two were arrested on felony charges related to possession with intent to deliver, after officers allegedly discovered 100 oxycodone pills during a routine traffic stop in the Kermit area of Mingo County.
Lonnie Ray Jude, 40 from Pilgrim Ky., and Allman Maynard Jr., 27 from Accoville, were arrested on Monday, July 25 by TFC J. D. Matheny and Sr. Tpr. D. L. Contos from the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP).
Criminal complaints filed on the two, state that on Monday, the officers were on road patrol on U.S. Route 52 near Kermit. While on road patrol, officers noticed a vehicle driven by Jude to travel left of center and have a defective registration light. Officers also observed that the vehicle was missing a registration plate.
Following officer observations, a traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle. When officers approached the vehicle, they observed the passenger later identified as Allman Maynard, to hide something between his legs. The officers requested that Maynard exit the vehicle. At that time, officers allegedly observed a plastic bag in plain sight, which contained several round blue pills, located in the passenger seat where Maynard was seated.
Further investigation revealed that the bag contained 100 pills identified as 30 mg. Oxycodone. The officers spoke with Jude who consented to a search of his cellular telephone. A search of the phone allegedly revealed messages between Jude and Maynard which discussed trading controlled substances with one another.
Jude has been charged with conspiring to commit a felony, possession with intent to deliver, left of center, defective equipment and no registration.
Maynard has been charged with conspiring to commit a felony and possession with intent to deliver.
The pair were transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail located in Holden W.Va. and were arraigned before Magistrate Jim Harvey on Tuesday, July 26.
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.
(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.)