Hearings waived in drug cases

ELKINS — Preliminary hearings were held for two Randolph County residents who were allegedly found in possession of a gun and drugs.

William Alan Chandler, 28, of Beverly, waived his preliminary hearing, meaning his case will be bound over to the Randolph County Circuit Court for presentation to a grand jury and possible indictment. He is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Patricia Ann Noel, 36, of Norton, had her hearing continued until 11:30 a.m. on Friday after her defense counsel was unable to be present. She is charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

They remain incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $50,000 cash-only bonds, both set by Randolph County Chief Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman.

Randolph County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling represented the state while Chandler appeared with David Hart as defense counsel and Noel is being represented by Brian Bailey. Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon presided.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on May 31, Elkins Police Department Patrolmen D.T. Sayre and C.G. Boatwright conducted a traffic stop of a black Chevrolet Cavalier on Gorman Avenue in Elkins after noticing it did not have an illuminated license plate.

Officers identified the driver to be Chandler and a passenger to be Noel. When asked, both individuals said there were no weapons in the vehicle “that they knew of;” however, when once again asked by Boatwright, Noel admitted she had a pistol on her hip tucked into her clothing. Boatwright retrieved the gun, which was a black and silver Taurus .40-caliber pistol, the complaint states.

Elkins Police Department Senior Patrolman B.D. Tice and his K-9 Juliet responded to the scene and performed a sweep on the vehicle, police said. Juliet made a “positive indication” on the vehicle, prompting a search by officers.

Inside a silver container, located under the drivers seat, officers found a large, crystal-like substance in a clear plastic baggy, $250, two glass smoking devices, one metal container with three separate baggies containing a substance consistent with methamphetamine, a AMIR digital scale with white residue and a small black ledger, court documents state.

Officers later tested the suspected methamphetamine, which came back positive. The weight of the substance totaled approximately 27.2 grams, according to the complaint.