Hearing continued in Barbour drug case

PHILIPPI – The preliminary hearing of a Volga man arrested last week on charges of possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, a felony, was continued in Barbour County Magistrate Court Wednesday.

Donald Lynn Sullivan, 31, was arrested on Jan. 2 by an officer of the Philippi Police Department, and had been scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. Sullivan has been released on a $5,000 cash-only bond.

According to a representative of the magistrate’s office, the hearing was continued because Sullivan’s lawyer, Franklin Cornette, was unable to attend due to an unexpected occurrence that demanded his attention. The preliminary hearing has not yet been rescheduled.

According to the criminal complaint on file at the Barbour County Magistrate Court, Patrolman R. G. Matheny II conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Route 119 of a vehicle with an expired registration and inspection sticker. The driver was Sullivan, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Sullivan failed four sobriety tests.

Matheny also located a substance in two different plastic bags inside the car which he described in the report as appearing to be synthetic marijuana. One weighed allegedly 124.4 grams and the other allegedly weighed 8.5 grams.

The officer also located the substance in a green pill bottle weighing 12.9 grams, the complaint states.

Upon further investigation, Matheny allegedly located a black bottle in Sullivan’s pocket that, through field tests, was found to contain traces of methamphetamine, the complaint states. A cellophane wrapper found in the center console also allegedly tested positive for traces of methamphetamine, police reported.

Sullivan was taken to Broaddus Hospital where he was given a urine test and, according to the complaint, tested positive for cannabis, amphetamine, methamphetamine and opiates.

Contact Melissa Toothman by email at mtoothman@theintermountain.com.