Two arrested on drug charges

Two Randolph County residents who were arrested on drug-related charges Thursday in Mill Creek are free on bond.

Tanya Nichole Taylor, 34, of Mill Creek, and Patrick Brian New, 33, of Huttonsville, were each charged with one count delivery of a controlled substance, a felony.

Taylor and New are accused of selling a Schedule IV controlled substance – Valium – to another female.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s office, at about 12:45 p.m. Thursday, several officers with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police -including Cpl. M.S. Wetzel, Cpl. G.S. DeWeese, Trooper 1st Class J.R Wince and Trooper J.J. Cornelius – executed a search warrant at 3 Pond St. in Mill Creek.

In the process, Wetzel placed Taylor under arrest on warrants stemming from three prior controlled buys, the complaint states. Taylor then informed Wetzel that New, who was also at the Pond Street residence at the time officers executed their warrants, “was in possession of Valium, a Schedule IV controlled substance,” Wetzel, the investigating officer, wrote in the complaint.

Cornelius subsequently searched New “for officer safety reasons” and allegedly discovered Valium on his person. New and Taylor were then transported to State Police headquarters for processing.

The complaint alleges that at one point during the course of a two-month-long investigation, Taylor and another female met at Ed’s Bar in Mill Creek and the woman drove Taylor to Mountain Valley Bank, where the woman withdrew money and allegedly gave Taylor $40.

“The female then transported Ms. Taylor back to Ed’s Bar where she received 10 pills identified as Valium from Ms. Taylor and Mr. New,” Wetzel wrote in the complaint. The report states DeWeese later confiscated the Valium, but does not specify when the buy took place or on what date DeWeese confiscated the pills.

“This was part of a two-month investigation,” Wetzel told The Inter-Mountain in a phone interview Friday. “Everybody involved cooperated. We executed the search warrant and that is when we found the extra stash of Valium on Mr. New.”

Magistrate Rob Elbon set bond at $35,000 cash or surety for Taylor and $25,000 cash or surety for New; both are free on bond.

The penalty for a conviction of delivery of a Schedule IV controlled substance is confinement in the state penitentiary for one to three years, a fine of up to $10,000 or both.