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Philippi man, woman facing drug charges

Newman

PHILIPPI — A man and woman from Barbour County have been charged after drug task force officers performed a series of controlled buys in Philippi, officials said.

According to the criminal complaint, on June 8, Philippi Police officers working with the Mountain Region Drug Task Force made two arrests in connection to a series of controlled buys from a Philippi residence.

On May 18, a controlled buy of an “‘8 ball’ of methamphetamine” from Bobbie Jo Sturm, 56, and Shawn Newman, 36, both of Philippi, took place, the complaint states.

Sturm and Newman have been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. They are being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail, Newman on a $50,000 bond and Sturm on a $30,000 bond.

Controlled buys also took place on May 23, of two grams of marijuana; on May 24, of a second “8 ball” of methamphetamine was purchased; and on June 8, of a third “8 ball” of methamphetamine, police said.

Sturm allegedly said during one of the controlled buys that “Newman was the one providing the meth and he had to re-up on Sunday,” according to the complaint.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the residence, with task force officers finding a total of 78 grams of methamphetamine, three sets of digital scales, $5,910 in cash, a 9mm pistol and a rifle, as well as a bag containing half an ounce of marijuana, the criminal complaint states.

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