Clarksburg man arrested on drug, gun charge in Lewis County

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ROANOKE, W.Va. – A Harrison County man has been arrested after state police said they found methamphetamine and a loaded pistol in his possession following a traffic stop.

On Tuesday, May 7, West Virginia State Police observed a vehicle with loud exhaust and an inspection sticker that appeared to be damaged traveling north on Route 19 in Roanoke. Troopers then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at the nearby Marathon Gas Station. 

After troopers determined that the driver did not have a valid driver’s license and the vehicle didn’t have a valid registration, the driver and the passenger were asked to exit the vehicle. Troopers said they observed that the passenger, William Elwell, 43, of Clarksburg, had a large bulge in his shirt, which was later revealed by Elwell to be a hypodermic needle in his pocket. 

Troopers then searched Elwell and found the needle and a plastic box containing a bag if 3.02 grams of methamphetamine, according to court documents. Troopers said they continued searching Elwell and located a concealed loaded 9mm pistol inside of Elwell’s pants. Elwell is prohibited from owning a firearm due to his several prior felony convictions including two counts of burglary, transporting drugs to jail, two counts of breaking and entering and grand larceny between 1996 and 2013, according to state police.

Elwell has been charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, according to court documents. He is currently being held at Central Regional Jail and his bail has been set at $50,000.

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