Traffic stop leads to arrest

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was arrested for several offenses following a traffic stop Thursday.

Billy Joe Keyser, 35, was arrested for persons prohibited from possessing firearms, a misdemeanor; driving revoked for DUI third offense, a felony; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and possession of controlled substance, heroin, both misdemeanors.

Just after 4 a.m. Thursday, Trooper J.S. Tonkin with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police observed a white Volkswagen Jetta traveling north on Vicksburg Road with an improper motor vehicle registration sticker. Tonkin initiated a traffic stop at Vicksburg Food Mart and made contact with the driver, Keyser. Tonkin spotted a silver and black handgun between the driver’s side seat and center console at which time he pulled Keyser out of the vehicle and ordered the passenger out of the vehicle. Tonkin retrieved the handgun and did a pat search of Keyser in which he gained consent from Keyser to search inside his pants pocket. Tonkin found a white film can with two clear plastic baggies containing a brown powder substance, one clear baggie containing four orange pills and one orange strip both imprinted with N8, the complaint stated.

Keyser allegedly advised Tonkin the brown powder substance was heroin and the orange strip and pills were suboxone.

After Senior Trooper P.J. Robinette arrived, he performed a second search of Keyser and found two baggies containing a white crystal substance in Keyser’s front pocket. The white substance later tested positive for methamphetamine, the complaint stated.

Tonkin found a back pack in the front passenger compartment with two baggies containing a substance believed to the marijuana.

A record’s search found Keyser’s license was revoked for a DU conviction for second offense on Oct. 31, 2016. Keyser also allegedly admitted that he used both methamphetamine and heroin as a coping mechanism.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond for $30,000 cash or surety.

Person prohibited from possessing firearms carries a fine of $100 to $1,000 and/or confined for not less than 90 days nor more than one year. Driving revoked DUI third offense, a felony, carries one to three years in prison and a $3,000 to $5,000 fine. Possession of a controlled substance carries 90 days to six months in jail and/or fined not more than $1,000.

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