2 Marion County men facing drug distribution charges in Monongalia County

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Two Marion County men have been arrested in Monongalia County after officers said they admitted to having a bag of approximately $800 worth of methamphetamine in their vehicle.

On Monday, March 25, officers with the Westover Police Department said they observed a red vehicle they conducted a traffic stop on the night before pull out of a parking spot at the Econo Lodge on Holland Avenue very abruptly just after they passed by the hotel in their cruiser.

After turning around in the parking lot to follow the vehicle, officers said they were flagged down by a concerned citizen. Officers were told by the citizen that the red vehicle that just pulled over threw a hypodermic needle out the window before exiting the parking lot. Deputies said they found a hypodermic needle in the parking spot where the red car had been parked. The needle was collected and after a narcotics test, the residue on the inside tested positive for heroin, according to police.

Officers said they noticed a man walking around the corner of the Econo Lodge that they recognized as the driver of the red vehicle from the traffic stop the night prior, Chance Corley-Shields, 18, of Worthington. Police said they made contact with Corley-Shields, who stated that Paul Andrews, 40, of Fairmont was in the red vehicle on the other side of the hotel.

Officers made contact with Andrews, who stated that he threw the needle from the vehicle on accident, according to police. Corley-Shields and Andrews both admitted that they were selling narcotics and that a bag of methamphetamine worth approximately $800 was located in the vehicle, police said. After a search of the vehicle, officers located 8.11 grams of methamphetamine pre-packaged in individual bags and a digital scale. Officers said both Corley-Shields and Andrews provided written statements stating that they were selling the methamphetamine in their possession. 

Corley-Shields and Andrews have each been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. 

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