MILL CREEK, W.Va. — Following a short flight from police, an Ohio native was arrested recently for selling methamphetamine.
Senior Trooper M.J. Miller, with the West Virginia State Police, reports he was conducting road patrol along Mill Creek when he saw a white truck bearing Ohio tags being driven by a person which he knew from past encounters did not possess a valid driver’s license.
When Miller initiated a traffic stop, the passenger of the vehicle reportedly fled on foot.
Miller notes he gave the person several commands to stop but he did not comply.
Miller reports he saw the passenger cross a bridge and throw an object he believed to be a firearm into the creek.
Miller was able to catch the male and identify him as Brandon Ray Simpson, 26, of Akron, Ohio.
Simpson allegedly told Miller he was carrying drugs in a pouch hanging from his neck.
Miller was reportedly able to recover eight bags containing a substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine, a digital scale and two pipes used to smoke methamphetamine.
Simpson’s pockets reportedly held a black firearm magazine with four .22 caliber shells inside and a pack of cigarettes containing a marijuana cigarette.
Simpson allegedly told Miller he had been selling methamphetamine in the Long Branch area of Logan County.
Miller reports he was able to find a Jimenez Arms semi-automatic pistol in the area of the creek where he had seen Simpson throw the object.
Simpson reportedly had two felony counts on his record from Summit County, Ohio.
Simpson was charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Bail was set to $25,000 in Logan County Magistrate Court.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]