Resident arrested on drug charges

ELKINS – A Randolph County woman was placed in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond after being arrested on drug possession charges Wednesday night.

Ashley Dawn Simms, 29, of Kerns, was arrested on one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint, Trooper First Class J.R. Wince of the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police was driving on Route 219 in Elkins at about 11 p.m. Wednesday when he noticed a maroon Ford F-150 pickup truck at Go-Mart drive over the curb, first in reverse into the southbound lane of Route 219, and then forward through the parking lot at a “high rate of speed.”

Wince said the driver, later identified as Simms, “immediately opened the door and attempted to exit the vehicle,” the complaint states.

Wince ordered her to get back into the truck, noting that Simms “was extremely nervous and would not follow directions,” according to the criminal complaint. Simms told him “she had recently snorted Hydrocodone approximately two to three hours prior,” the complaint states.

Wince contacted Elkins City Police and requested a K-9 unit; upon the unit’s arrival Simms told Wince she had pills in her wallet, according to the complaint. Wince wrote that when he asked if she had a prescription for the pills, Simms said she didn’t.

Upon searching the vehicle, Wince located a wallet with approximately 25 loose Hydrocodone pills, as well as five more hydrocodone pills in a small cellophane wrapper, a white plastic container with four buprenorphrine pills, and two Alprazolam pills, according to the criminal complaint. Wince wrote that he also “located a Ziploc bag containing several plastic sandwich bags and $590” in cash.

Simms was arraigned by Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler.

Contact Chad Clem by email at cclem@theintermountain.com.