Alderson Broaddus Student Arrested With $8K, Drugs and Guns


An Alderson Broaddus University student and a Calhoun County man were arrested in the Webster community of Taylor County Wednesday night after deputies conducted a traffic stop and found a variety of drugs.

Student at ABU, Michael Mallow, 21, of Keyser in Mineral County, and Nathan Cosgrove, 22, of Chloe in Calhoun County, are each charged with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

According to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy was monitoring traffic at approximately 6:30 p.m., when Mallow sped through a 35 mile per hour zone at 54 miles per hour.

The deputy stopped Mallow and Cosgrove and noticed a “strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.” When the deputy asked Mallow if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, Mallow replied that if there were, it was Cosgrove’s and not his.  Cosgrove also denied possessing any marijuana.

The deputy then got a K9 to respond to the scene, and Mallow told Cosgrove that “he might as well give up the marijuana because the dog would find it.” Cosgrove then grabbed a bag out of the vehicle and pulled out 42.5 grams of marijuana, a gram of methamphetamine, three Adderall tablets, eight Xanax tablets, scales and packaging materials.

Cosgrove also told the deputy he had a AR15 in the vehicle, which was located along with $6,207.

Deputies decided to impound the vehicle, and Mallow was concerned about his handgun in the car. The deputy checked on the handgun, and Mallow gave him consent to search the car.  The deputy found 36 Xanax tablets, 9.7  grams of marijuana, a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun and $2,500.

Both men are currently in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, in lieu of $150,000 bond each.

ABU released the following statement: 

“Alderson Broaddus University officials have been contacted by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office regarding an incident that occurred Wednesday evening. I can confirm that Michael Mallow is a current student and has been placed on interim suspension and is not allowed on campus property. Nathan Cosgrove is not a current student but has been banned from campus.

Alderson Broaddus University is fully cooperating with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and we will continue to support all efforts made by law enforcement agencies. 

Alderson Broaddus University takes the safety of its students and campus community with the highest priority. Because this is an ongoing investigation, we have no further comment.”

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