Marion County man facing 4th drug charge in 9 months

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A Marion County man has been arrested on methamphetamine distribution charges for the fourth time in nine months, according to police.

On Saturday, March 9 at approximately 8:15 a.m., troopers with the West Virginia State Police were on stationary patrol on Route 19 and North Bellview Avenue in Fairmont when they observed a black vehicle traveling southbound on Route 19 towards Bellview. Troopers said the vehicle had defective equipment, loud and defective exhaust, and performed a traffic stop on the vehicle.

Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers said they noticed the driver move around inside his vehicle as if to indicate he was hiding something. Troopers also said the driver appeared to be acting very nervous and highly stressed.

Upon requesting the driver’s vehicle information, troopers identified him as William Copney, 32, of Fairmont. Troopers said Copney told them he couldn’t provide the vehicle’s insurance information because it wasn’t his car and he didn’t know where it was.

Troopers then observed a piece of aluminum foil laying at Copney’s right foot, where troopers said they noticed Copney placing his hand earlier as they approached the vehicle. Troopers noted that the foil resembled what they knew to be used by drug users to smoke illegal drugs on, according to court documents. Troopers then requested a K9 to respond to the scene.

While awaiting the K9 unit, troopers said they ran a check on Copney’s license and discovered it was suspended. The K9 unit then arrived on scene and performed an exterior scan to the vehicle that resulted in a positive alert to both the driver’s side door and front passenger’s side door, according to court documents.

Troopers then searched the vehicle and located two cell phones, a digital scale, a bag containing nine grams of suspected meth, two pieces of foil and a plastic bag that contained multiple small black rubber bands, Q-tips and gauze pads.

Troopers said that based on the evidence, they arrested Copney and transported him to the station.

Upon arriving at the station, troopers performed a search of Copney’s person, according to court documents. When asked to remove his shoes and patting him down, troopers felt a bulge in Copney’s left sock. The item removed from Copney was a plastic bag of meth.

Copney told troopers that the bag found in the vehicle was actually sugar and the bag found on his person was meth, according to court documents. Troopers said both bags were tested and were confirmed to be what Copney told them they were.

Copney has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He is currently being held at North Central Regional Jail. His bail is set at $150,000.

Copney was previously arrested on three seperate occassions for meth distribution charges including in Fairmont in June 2018, Fairmont in October 2018 and Morgantown in February 2019.

The March 9 arrest marked the fourth methamphetamine distribution arrest for Copney in nine months, according to Fairmont Chief of Police, Steve Shine.

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