Traffic stop leads to drug charge

ELKINS — A routine traffic stop on Wednesday night led to an arrest on drug charges.

Fancie Irvin Ritchey, 50, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Ritchey is lodged in the Tygarts Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond set by Magistrate Mike Dyer.

Corporal D.T. Sayre of the Elkins Police Department pulled Ritchey over after he passed the officer with no headlights while traveling in the area of Harrison Avenue near Davis Medical Center, according to the criminal complaint.

Ritchey was unable to give information about the vehicle to police, and while being questioned was nervous and spoke very rapidly, the complaint states. While asking Ritchey to step out of the car, Sayre observed a smoking device in front of the driver’s side seat. The device had a burnt white substance in it consistent with methamphetamine.

Ritchey was then detained and Patrolman S. Davis and Trooper First Class C. Mayle arrived to help search the vehicle. A large white crystal-like substance was discovered in a plastic baggie, and several heroin stamps as well, according to the complaint.

Ritchey allegedly became belligerent toward officers and said, “What do you do, you got 40 grams in one bag, that’s not even enough to prove my intent,” the police report states.

Officers also found a set of digital scales and empty baggies during their search of the vehicle, the complaint states.


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