State Police make drug arrest in Barbour County during traffic stop

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West Virginia State Police arrested a Barbour County man accused of selling methamphetamine.

On October 1, a trooper was driving north on U.S. Route 250 in Barbour County, near the Randolph County line, when he saw a Ford Mustang with an expired inspection sticker and an obstructed registration heading south, according to police.  At that time, the trooper initiated a traffic stop.

While speaking with the driver, Brian Thompson, 38, of Junior, police said Thompson asked to exit the car to remove the obstruction from his license plate, which the trooper granted.

Police said the trooper asked Thompson if there were any illegal drugs inside his car, and Thompson told him there was a used methamphetamine pipe inside the car.  The trooper located the pipe, which contained residue believed to be methamphetamine, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said the trooper searched Thompson and felt a hard, square object inside his pocket.  The trooper removed the item and found a purple plastic container that held two bags of a white, crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, weighing approximately 1.2 grams, along with a digital scale, according to police.  A field test on the substance yielded a positive result for methamphetamine, police said.

During a search of the car, the trooper found Thompson’s wallet, which contained $369, along with a cell phone, according to police.

Police said Thompson offered two recorded audio statements.  In the first statement, Thompson told the trooper he sells methamphetamine and has done so for the past six months, according to a criminal complaint.  Thompson also said he sells methamphetamine to pay his bills, and he sells it to many individuals.  He also told the trooper that approximately $50 inside his wallet came from selling methamphetamine, according to police.

A short time later, in a second statement, Thompson told the trooper he was going to attempt to sell the methamphetamine that was in his possession, according to police.

Thompson is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.  He is in Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

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