Elkins Police arrest 2 people on drug charges

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Elkins Police arrested two people on drug charges after a traffic stop.

On Wednesday, officers approached a vehicle at the Elkins Inn on Harrison Avenue after recognizing the driver, who does not have a valid driver’s license, according to Elkins Police.  While speaking with the driver, Michael White, 37, officers said White appeared to be hiding something next to him.  During this time, police said a passenger, Shanna Arman, 38, tried to leave the vehicle with a small black bag in her right hand.

Officers instructed White and Arman to stay inside the vehicle and show them their hands, but White and Arman refused, police said.  Arman then insisted on getting out of the vehicle after police had instructed her to stay inside.  An officer then tried to restrain Arman, but she tensed up and squeezed her hand, which revealed a large, white, crystal-like substance inside her black bag, according to police.

Arman tried to hide the bag inside her jacket pocket, police said, before she threw the bag and a white substance consistent with methamphetamine under the vehicle.  An officer tried to restrain Arman, but she resisted, so the officer sprayed her in the face with pepper spray, according to police.  The officer then arrested Arman and put her inside the patrol vehicle.

Officers then removed White from the vehicle, at which time a clear plastic baggie containing a white, crystal-like substance consistent with methamphetamine fell from White’s lap onto the ground, police said.

After placing White and Arman into custody, police said they found several clear, empty baggies behind the driver’s seat.  Officers then recovered the black bag Arman had thrown under the vehicle.  The bag contained three clear baggies with a large, white, crystal-like substance consistent with methamphetamine inside, police said.  Officers also found two digital scales, a large amount of cash in a wallet with “SHANNA” written on it, several clear, empty, plastic baggies, and a clear container with three blue pills imprinted “2531,” which is Clonazepam, and three-and-a-half pills imprinted “54 411,” which is Suboxone, according to police.

Police said they tested the white, crystal-like substance, and it tested positive for methamphetamine.  In total, officers recovered 58 grams of methamphetamine and $2360 in cash, according to police.

Arman is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and White is charged with conspiracy.

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