Harrison Co. man arrested after deputies find safe filled with heroin during traffic stop

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A Clarksburg man has been arrested after deputies pulled him over for speeding and found a safe filled with heroin in the back seat of his vehicle.

On Tuesday, February 13, deputies with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department were patrolling the area of Route 50 near the Route 98 intersection when their radar detected a gold SUV traveling 77 mph in a 55 mph zone. Deputies then activated their lights and performed a traffic stop on the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.

Deputies said they approached the vehicle and noticed that the driver, Zachary Gibbins, 21, of Clarksburg, appeared to have restricted pupils and seemed disoriented. Deputies then asked Gibbins if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, to which Gibbins responded he was not.

Officers with the Clarksburg Police Department were requested to arrive on scene and performed field sobriety tests on Gibbins upon their arrival, deputies said. Gibbins failed the field sobriety tests and was determined to have been driving under the influence, according to deputies. Gibbins was then placed into custody.

A K9 unit was also requested to arrive on scene to determine if drugs were in Gibbins’ vehicle. Deputies said the K9 gave a positive identification for drugs on both the driver and passenger side of Gibbins’ vehicle.

While searching the vehicle, deputies said they located a black safe in the backseat. Deputies said they were able to open the safe and found a substance they believed to be heroin and a large amount of cash inside. The substance will be sent to the West Virginia State Police Crime Lab for drug identification testing, according to State Police. The evidence collected during the search of Gibbin’s vehicle is consistent with the distribution of a controlled substance, deputies said.

Gibbins has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He is currently being held at North Central Regional Jail.

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