LOGAN — On July 16, a Lake resident was arrested on charges he was growing marijuana in plain view on his property.
Trooper S.M. Thompson, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) reports he was in the Lake area June 11 conducting a separate investigation searching for an individual on Isom Branch Road. While carrying out the search, Thompson reports he found 33 green leafy plants believed to be marijuana growing in plain view in a flower pot on the property of Willie Ray Abbot, 26, of Lake.
Abbot is charged with a felony count of cultivation of marijuana. If Abbott is found guilty, he could be forced to spend between one and five years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $15,000 in fines. Bond was set to $3,500.
• On July 22, Troopers M.J. Miller and T.J. Hannon, of the WVSP, report they received information regarding marijuana growing in the White Oak area of Logan County.
Upon arriving on the property, Miller and Hannon were met by the a witness who reportedly advised them his brother, Bobby Ray Dalton, 55, of Chapmanville, had planted marijuana throughout the property.
Miller and Hannon report they were able to locate 23 marijuana plants growing throughout the property.
Upon making contact with Dalton, Miller and Hannon report they informed him of his Miranda rights and proceeded to obtain an audio recorded statement in which Dalton allegedly stated the marijuana plants were his and he did not conspire with anyone in the cultivation of the plants. Dalton also allegedly advised Miller and Hannon he had been growing marijuana on the property for years.
Dalton is charged with a felony count of cultivation of marijuana, and, if he is found guilty, Dalton could be forced to spend between one and five years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $15,000 in fines. Bond was set to $5,000.
• On July 11, Candace Hope Ferrell, 28, of Logan, was arrested on drug charges stemming from May 2015 incident where she was allegedly found sleeping in car in Mt. Gay.
Senior Trooper B.A. Lowe and Trooper First Class T.D. Boggs, both of the WVSP, report they arrived on scene in Mt. Gay to find Ferrell sleeping in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. Upon waking up Ferrell, Lowe and Boggs report they asked her to get out of the vehicle while they made sure Ferrell was in legal possession of vehicle.
When Ferrell exited the vehicle, however, Lowe and Boggs report she had apparently been sitting on plastic bag containing several different pills. Upon investigating the bag, Lowe and Boggs report it contained two 100 milligram morphine pills, eight Suboxone strips, 13 one milligram Clonazepam pills and 17 one milligram Alprazolam pills. The reported total estimated street value of the narcotics is over $600.
Ferrell is charged with three felony counts of possession with intent to deliver schedule two, three, and four controlled substances. If Ferrell is found guilty on all charges, she could be forced to spend between three and 23 years in state correctional facility and pay up to $50,000 in fines. Bond was set to $5,000.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]