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Grafton man arrested on drug, battery charges

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A Taylor County man was arrested on drug and battery charges following a traffic stop in Grafton that resulted in an altercation with deputies on Saturday.

Deputies with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office arrived to Victory Avenue in Grafton to assist other deputies with a traffic stop. Upon arriving on scene, deputies learned that the driver of the vehicle had been placed under arrest for DUI of an impairing substance and was detained in the police cruiser.

Deputies said they were then advised that there were three people in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop including Zack Hott, 22, of Grafton. Deputies on scene said that they were familiar with Hott from a recent traffic stop, and that Hott had told them that he was a drug addict and was only a few days clean.

Deputies said that Hott told them he had needles in the vehicle for his friends, and at this time he was asked to step out of the vehicle. Hott was then detained and put into the police cruiser, deputies said.

After detaining Hott, deputies deployed a K9 unit which resulted in a positive alert for the odor of an illegal substance. Deputies then put a hold on the vehicle pending a search warrant. 

At this time, deputies said they removed Hott from the police cruiser to search him, and recovered $30 in cash in his pocket. Deputies said that they searched the the police cruiser before beginning their shift, and there were no items in the vehicle prior to Hott being placed inside.

According to deputies, after removing Hott from the police vehicle, they noticed a black box on the floor of the vehicle. Deputies said that the box contained 3.8 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine and 16 empty small bags. According to deputies, the bags were clearly not for personal use and were ready to be used for distribution.

Hott was then placed under arrest and began to scream out of control and refused to put his hands behind his back, deputies said. Hott then began to physically resist arrest, which resulted in an altercation between him and the deputies, and according to court documents, Hott clawed one deputy’s arm, slammed one deputy’s hand on the pavement and slammed another deputy’s knee on the pavement.

Following this altercation, deputies were able to place Hott in the police cruiser. Hott then began to tell deputies he was experiencing chest pains and was taken to Grafton City Hospital by deputies until he was medically cleared. 

Deputies then spoke with the driver of the vehicle who was placed under arrest for DUI of an impairing substance. After performing a search of her purse, deputies said they discovered a small bag containing 0.3 grams of a crystalline substance, which she identified as methamphetamine. The driver then provided a written statement to the deputies that said the meth in her purse was sold to her by Hott for $30. The driver also showed deputies a message that was allegedly sent to her from Hott prior to the traffic stop that said “Just got Good if you know anyone that needs will be back soon trying to make cash asap”.

Deputies said the driver also told them that prior to the traffic stop, Hott had showed her a black box. Deputies then showed the driver the box they recovered from the police cruiser, and the driver agreed it was the same box that Hott had showed her.

Deputies said that they gathered statements and took photos of the crystalline substance found in the black box. Deputies also said that they were informed that prior to the traffic stop, Hott had met with a female at the BB&T bank and exchanged drugs for cash. 

Hott was medically cleared and sent to Tygart Valley Regional Jail. He has been charged with possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance, obstruction and two charges of battery on a police officer.

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