Probable cause found in pair of drug arrests

ELKINS — Preliminary hearings were held for two area residents allegedly involved in a a traffic stop that netted police nearly 60 grams of methamphetamine and upwards of $2,000.

Shanna Marie Arman, 38, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Probable cause for her arrest was ruled to have been met meaning her case will be bound over to the Randolph County Circuit Court for presentation to a grand jury and possible indictment. A request for her bond to be modified was denied and she remains incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Michael Shane White, 37, of Moorefield, is charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. His preliminary hearing was continued to June 26.

Randolph County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling represented the state in both cases while Arman appeared with Morris Davis and White appeared with Brent Easton as defense counsel. Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler presided in each case.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, while doing routine patrol, Elkins Police Department Patrolmen D.T. Sayre and W.D. Butcher observed White behind the wheel of a running motor vehicle in the parking lot of Elkins Inn along Harrison Avenue.

The report indicates that Sayre had prior knowledge that White did not possess a valid drivers license.

When officers approached the vehicle, White appeared to be trying to hide something while Arman attempted to exit the vehicle with a small black bag in her hand. When Sayre attempted to restrain Arman, she “tensed up and squeezed her hand” revealing a “large white crystal like substance” within the black bag, police records indicate.

Arman threw the bag underneath the vehicle and continued to resist, prompting Sayre to “deploy a one-second burst of Fox O/C spray” into her “facial area,” court documents state.

After placing Arman into his cruiser, Sayre assisted Butcher in removing White from the vehicle. When doing so, a clear plastic baggy containing a white crystal-like substance, believed to be methamphetamine, fell from his lap onto the ground, police said.