Barbour couple face drug charges

PHILIPPI — A Barbour County couple are behind bars after allegedly being found in possession of more than 10 grams of methamphetamine.

Adriana Faith Pancake, 19, and Gregory Scott Edwards, 48, both of Philippi, are each charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Additionally, Pancake has an additional charge of one felony count of grand larceny. Pancake is housed at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $15,000 cash or surety bond while Edwards’ bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety. Both bonds were set by Barbour County Magistrate Kathi McBee.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Barbour County Magistrate Court, on Nov. 22, Sgt. B.A. Miller and Deputy Z.B. Kisamore, both of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, along with Trooper First Class J.A. Rich, of the West Virginia State Police, went to a residence on Nestorville Road in Philippi to serve an arrest warrant.

Kisamore and Rich went to the front door of the home while Miller went to the rear of the residence. A short time later, when Edwards answered the door. After being asked, he told officers that his girlfriend, Pancake, was also at the residence, police said.

While talking to Edwards, Miller said he heard a toilet flush inside the home and saw a plastic baggie “flow out of a PVC pipe and get stuck in a ‘catch,'” the complaint states.

The pipe carries sewage straight from the trailer to a creek behind the residence, according to the complaint.

Inside the baggie, officers found a white substance, later identified to be 13.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Officers ordered Pancake to also exit the residence. Both individuals denied ownership of the baggie of methamphetamine, the complaint states.

Kisamore noted in the report that the two were charged with intent to distribute due to the fact that he considers 13.5 grams of methamphetamine to be more than what is standard for personal use and he believed they were intending to distribute the substance, according to the complaint.

In a separate and unrelated criminal complaint filed in Barbour County Magistrate Court, on Tuesday, Chief Deputy B.M. Carpenter, of the RCSD, was contacted by Pancake’s grandmother, who told him she had stolen her 2005 Dodge Caravan, court documents state.

She added her granddaughter was “under the influence” of some sort of substance, and began fighting with her and had called her names before fleeing from the residence in the vehicle, according to the complaint.

The value of the vehicle is $2,805, the complaint states.