Drugs, cash and a firearm found in traffic stop

ELKINS — Two Upshur County residents are facing drug and child neglect charges after a traffic stop Tuesday morning.

Matthew Scott Alderman, 32, of French Creek, is charged with possession with intent to deliver and child neglect with risk of serious injury. He is being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $35,000 cash only bond.

Parthena Ann Sheets, 27, of Buckhannon, is charged with conspiracy and child neglect with risk of serious injury. She is being held at TVRJ on a $15,000 cash or surety bond. Bond in both cases was set by Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler.

According to the criminal complaint, Senior Patrolman D.T. Sayre, of the Elkins Police Department, was conducting a routine patrol Tuesday morning and spotted a white Ford Fusion with window tint “darker than 35 percent” parked between the gas pumps at Woodford Oil in Elkins. Sayre reportedly followed the vehicle into downtown Elkins and observed it driving erratically.

Sayre had the vehicle pull over at GoMart, and spoke with the driver, Sheets, and observed “two female juveniles sleeping” in the back seat, the complaint states. Senior Patrolman C.G. Boatwright and Corporal T. Foster of the EPD arrived on the scene. Boatwright approached the passenger side and saw a glass smoking device inside, which Alderman, a passenger, allegedly referred to as “just a weed bowl.”

Officers searched the vehicle and found a backpack, inside which were baggies which contained what appeared to be methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; a digital scale; and two Medicaid cards, according to the complaint. Police also allegedly found cash in the car and a Taurus Millennium .45 pistol.

Sayre wrote that the two female juvenile were asleep “in reach of unopened and opened alcoholic beverages and knives that were laying in the vehicle.” Also in the back beside the sleeping girls was a man “who is a known drug user,” the report states.

Child Protective Services was called and took custody of the children, according to the complaint. Alderman and Sheets were booked at 4 a.m. The approximate weight of the crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine was 95.3 grams.