Four arrested during traffic stop
ELKINS — Four individuals are facing charges after a traffic stop led to the alleged discovery of drugs and firearms.
Robert Michael Junkins, 50, of Shinnston, is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one felony count of persons prohibited from possessing a firearm. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler.
Karlie Elizabeth Gregory, 24, of Clarksburg, is charged with one felony count of conspiracy. She is incarcerated at TVRJ on a $25,000 cash-only bond, set by Shepler.
Stephen James Boni, 44, of Belington, is charged with two felony counts of conspiracy. He is incarcerated at TVRJ on a $2,500 cash-only bond, set by Shepler.
Crystal Gail Schaefer, 42, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of conspiracy. She is incarcerated at TVRJ on a $1,000 cash-only bond, set by Shepler.
According to a police report filed by the Elkins Police Department, on Nov. 30, Elkins Police Department Senior Patrolman D.T. Sayre and Patrolman R.A. Summerfield were conducting routine road patrol on Railroad Avenue when they observed a black Mercury with what appeared to be an expired registration tag.
Officers observed a male individual leaning into the drivers side of the vehicle and a clerk of Go-Mart motioning toward the vehicle, police said. After running the registration of the vehicle through Randolph County E-911, officers learned the vehicle had an expired registration.
After the male individual leaning into the vehicle “took off” into the store, police spoke with the occupants inside the Mercury who “appeared to be placing something underneath the seats and were very anxious.” While talking to the driver of the vehicle, identified as Junkins, he was seen to make “sudden movements” around the vehicle while trying to “find his ID,” police records indicate.
Officers asked Junkins to step out of the vehicle and while he was doing so, they observed a “syringe laying in plain view along with what appeared to be a blue smoking device” on the drivers seat of the automobile. During a pat-down search of Junkins, officers located a “large amount” of money. They asked him if there was anything in the vehicle they should be aware of and he made a “sudden movement to the roof of the vehicle and retrieved his belongings,” the report states.
While attempting to restrain Junkins, he became “irate” and refused to comply. Officers applied a burst of O/C Spray to Junkins’ facial area and he continued to resist, the report continues.
Elkins Police Department Senior Patrolman C.G. Boatwright arrived on scene and assisted. While placing Junkins into custody, Schaefer exited a silver Nissan Altima that was parked nearby. She “began to become irate” and “hindered” police from taking Junkins into custody, the report states.
Schaefer was advised to calm down but yelled at police “leave Micky alone, he didn’t do anything you (expletive).” After Junkins was in custody, Sayre detained the passenger of the Mercury — identified at Gregory. During that time, Schaefer continued to hinder the investigation, prompting her to be placed into custody, the report indicates.
While searching the vehicle, police found a black 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P and a clear plastic baggie containing a “large amount” of crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine under the passenger seat, police said.
During the search, the male who was leaning into the vehicle when officers arrived exited the store and was identified as Boni. During a pat-down search of Boni, Boatwright located an “abnormal bulge” in his pants and found him in possession of a loaded firearm, small clear plastic baggies and a clear glass smoking device, the report indicates.
A further search of the vehicle revealed a back pack belonging to Junkins which possessed his wallet and identification, as well as a metal container which held a large clear plastic baggy containing a white crystalline-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. Inside Gregory’s purse, officers found a substance believed to be marijuana, the report states.
While the individuals were being processed, Junkins said, “The only dope that was in my cars about seven or eight grams, ain’t no ounces in my car, my bag was under the passenger seat.” Schaefer stated to police, “I’m a good addict, I was just trying to numb my pain,” the report states.