Bond modification denied in drug case

ELKINS — Two individuals facing charges after allegedly being found in a stolen vehicle with firearms, counterfeit money, drugs and drug paraphernalia had preliminary hearings in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

A motion for bond modification was denied for Cassie Chase Poland, 18, of Fairmont, who is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and one felony count of conspiracy. Additionally, her preliminary hearing was continued. She remains incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Probable cause for the arrest of Austin Jay Robinson, 18, of Belington, was met, meaning his case will be bound over to the Randolph County Circuit Court for presentation to a grand jury. He is charged with one felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle, one felony count of possession of stolen property (gun), one felony count of possession of counterfeit money and one felony count of conspiracy.

Additionally, a motion for his bond to be modified was also denied. He remains incarcerated at TVRJ on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Randolph County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling represented the state in both cases, while Poland appeared with Melissa Roman and Robinson appeared with G. Phillip Davis as defense counsel. Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon presided.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on April 10, Elkins City Police Patrolmen D.T. Sayre and C.G. Boatwright were patrolling Randolph Avenue in Elkins when they observed a silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo parked on the sidewalk along Park Street.

Officers observed the male driver of the vehicle to be Robinson, who is known to not have a valid West Virginia driver’s license, according to the complaint.

The license plate number for the vehicle was run through Randolph County 911 and came back as being stolen out of Barbour County, with Robinson as a potential suspect, police said.

Officers conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Robinson and the passenger as Poland. During a search of both individuals, Sayre located a baggy containing a white crystal-like substance and $3,700 on Poland’s person. Boatwright conducted a search of Robinson and located $100, the complaint stated.

After Robinson told officers it was OK to search the vehicle, Boatwright found a Kimber Ultra Carry II firearm and a Charles Daly firearm under the front passenger seat, according to the complaint.

In the center console of the vehicle, officers also located a 9mm firearm and 100 insulin syringes, according to the complaint.

Officers requested Randolph County 911 to run the serial numbers of the firearms. The 9mm came back as being stolen out of Randolph County, police said.

While continuing to search the vehicle, officers found 10 $50 bills in the driver’s side door of the vehicle which were believed to be counterfeit, based on them having identical serial numbers, the complaint states.

The bag found in Poland’s possession also had three smoking devices and a scale inside. Officers also recovered “numerous amounts” of ammunition — ranging from .380-caliber to .45-caliber, the complaint states.

Also in Randolph County Magistrate Court:

• Bond was modified for Kristin Michelle Gillette, 28, of Elkins, from $5,000 cash-only to $20,000 cash or surety.

Gillette is charged with two felony counts of third-offense shoplifting.

Poling represented the state while Gillette appeared with Brent Easton as defense counsel. Elbon presided.

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