Following a call to authorities form the Shamrock area of Logan County, two people were arrested Sept. 5 for allegedly selling drugs.
Trooper Z.S. Holden, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), received a complaint from a concerned citizen in the Shamrock area concerning suspicious activity, and, upon arrival, Holden was reportedly met by neighbors who advised of high levels of drug activity from a nearby house.
The criminal complaint filed by Holden states that Marvin Dale Tolliver, 25, of Logan, approached him concerning the complaints. During a search of Tolliver, Holden reportedly discovered a amount of money in his pocket.
Upon approaching Tolliver’s residence, Holden reports he could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from the home. Tolliver attempted to call Dixie Anne Jessup, 29, of Holden, out on the front porch but received no response. The criminal complaint filed by Holden says, “For officer safety, this officer looked through the open doorway and observed the defendant stuffing something down her pants.”
Holden reports he placed Jessup in handcuffs for his safety before attempting to ascertain what object Jessup had allegedly stuffed in her pants. Holden reports he searched Jessup and could feel the object in her waistband. Jessup then allegedly removed a scale from her waistband and Holden placed her into custody.
During a search of the home, Holden along with Trooper Hannon and Trooper Thompson, with the WVSP, reportedly turned up a large bag of marijuana, and a 8mg/2mg sublingual suboxone strip which is a Schedule III controlled substance. Tolliver was then placed into custody.
Jessup is charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy and a misdemeanor count of obstruction. If she is found guilty on all counts, Jessup could be forced to spend between three and 25 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $35,500 in fines. Jessup’s bond was set to $10,000.
Tolliver is charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy and a misdemeanor count possession of a controlled substance. If he is found guilty on all charges, Tolliver could be forced to spend between two and 20.5 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $36,000 in fines. Tolliver’s bond was set to $10,000.
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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]