Elkins man faces drug charge in Harrison County after traffic stop

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Bridgeport Police arrested a man on a drug charge after a traffic stop Monday.

On January 28, police said an officer stopped a driver for merging in front of the patrol car and cutting off the officer on Interstate 79.  At that time, the officer saw a passenger making frantic movements, as he appeared to be trying to hide something, according to a criminal complaint.  Police said it also looked like the passenger placed something behind the driver’s seat.

The officer aproached the vehicle on the passenger side and learned that the driver’s license was expired, and he did not have proof of insurance or registration, police said.  The passenger gave the officer an ID when asked, according to police.

After the officer searched the driver, police got permission to search the passenger, identified as Duane Sprouse, 46, of Elkins.  During the search, police found methamphetamine in three individual packages, according to a criminal complaint.  One package had 1.58 grams of methamphetamine in a silver pill container with a hydrocodone pill, a second package contained .972 ounces of methamphetamine and a third package had 1.018 ounces of methamphetamine, police said.

Police also found a loaded gun in the back of the vehicle behind the driver’s seat, according to a criminal complaint.

Sprouse is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.  He is in North Central Regional Jail.

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