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Fairmont Police arrest two people on drug charges during a traffic stop

FAIRMONT, W.Va. - Fairmont Police arrested two people on drug charges Tuesday after performing a traffic stop.

Delbert Lee Summers Jr., 45, and Catherine Toothman, 31, were arrested after police said they found multiple drugs.

Police said they initiated the traffic stop because the front seat passenger was not wearing a seat belt, and the vehicle registration was improper.  During the traffic stop, police said the driver, Summers, and a passenger, Toothman, acted nervous and had a difficult time following instructions.  Both of them denied having any illegal items in the vehicle, according to police.

Police said they received permission to search the vehicle.  While Summers was exiting the vehicle, police said they discovered a plastic baggie beside his seat.  Officers then located a pink camouflage purse on the floorboard of the passenger seat.  Inside the bag, police said they located three clear baggies with a clear, crystallized substance inside of them, which appeared to be methamphetamine, along with a black mini-scale.

After getting a search warrant, police said they found a zippered bag in the trunk of the vehicle.  Inside this bag was a clear bag with eight ounces of a green, leafy substance, which appeared to be marijuana, according to police.  Also inside this bag was a silver mini-scale, police said.

Officers said they also found a black .380 Smith & Wesson Bodyguard firearm.  Summers is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of a prior domestic battery conviction, according to police.

Summers and Toothman are each charged with with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, and conspiracy.


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