Mill Creek woman pleads to drug charge

ELKINS – A Mill Creek woman pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge Tuesday in Randolph County Circuit Court.

Tanya Nichole Taylor, 35, was indicted June 30 on one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, one felony count of conspiracy and one misdemeanor count of false information.

On Tuesday, she pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. As part of the binding plea agreement, the state agreed to dismiss the conspiracy and false information charges.

A binding plea means that, if accepted, the court would be bound to follow the recommended sentence, which in this case is set at five years of supervised probation with the condition that Taylor successfully completes the North Central Community Corrections program.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 22.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s office, on Sept. 12, 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 a Pond Street residence in Mill Creek.

In the process, Wetzel placed Taylor under arrest on warrants stemming from three prior controlled buys, the complaint states.

The complaint alleges that at one point during the course of a two-month 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 (a man),” 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 Sept. 13. “Everybody involved cooperated. We executed the search warrant and that is when we found the extra stash of Valium on Mr. New.”

Also in Randolph County Circuit Court Tuesday:

– The trial of Glen Jason Carsley, 42, of Elkins, was continued because results from a previously ordered psychological evaluation have not been received.

Carsley was indicted on three felony counts of threats of terrorist acts and three felony counts of retaliation against a public official or employee on July 1.

A status hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sept. 23.

– The trial of Bernard Aaron Greer III, 33, of Elkins, was continued.

Greer was indicted on two counts of breaking and entering, a felony; two counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor; and two counts of destruction of property, a misdemeanor.

The defense asked for the continuance, and the state did not object.

In a separate and unrelated indictment, Greer was charged with one count of burglary, a felony; one count of grand larceny, a felony; and two counts of destruction of property, a misdemeanor.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 15.