3 people arrested after recovering drugs during parole visit

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A Barbour County man, Randolph County woman and Taylor County man were arrested after troopers located drugs and a firearm during a parole home visit.

On Wednesday, January 9, troopers with the West Virginia State Police Philippi Detachment said they assisted West Virginia State Parole officers with a home visit at a residence on Barbour Corner Road, located near the unincorporated community of Galloway in Barbour County. 

According to troopers, two parole officers went to the front of the residence to attempt to make contact with the individuals inside. Troopers said that they witnessed David Starkey, 31, of Brownton and Mackala Teter, 24, of Harman, exit through the back of the residence. Troopers said they then had both Starkey and Teter raise their hands and approach the troopers.

Teter had a purse and a backpack on her person, along with a silver metal container and a 9 millimeter pistol, according to troopers. At this point, troopers said they detained both Starkey and Teter, and performed a safety search of both individuals and their belongings. During this search, troopers said they recovered large amounts of methamphetamine and scales and bags used for the distribution of methamphetamine. A field test confirmed that the substance recovered was methamphetamine.

Additionally, troopers spoke with Michael Hurst, 33, of Flemington, who said he let Starkey and Teter stay at his and his father’s residence because he was and addict and they had been there since earlier in the morning.

A parole officer told troopers that Hurst had scales and a large amount of drug paraphernalia in his room. The parole officer also told troopers that it took Hurst several minutes to open the front door, which allowed Starkey and Teter to exit the back of the residence. 

All three individuals were placed under arrest. Starkey was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony. Teter was charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit a felony. Hurst was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony. 

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