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2 men facing drug charge after traffic stop in West Union for expired registration

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WEST UNION, W.Va. – Doddridge County deputies have arrested two people on drug charges after a traffic stop in Doddridge County.

On June 4, deputies spotted a vehicle with two people outside of it at the entrance to Maxwell Ridge Road.  Thinking the vehicle had been disabled, the deputies went to check on it, according to a criminal complaint.  As deputies approached the car, it exited the roadway, and they followed.

While following the vehicle, a deputy ran a check of the plates, as the other deputy thought the vehicle had been involved in a traffic stop by West Virginia State Police earlier in the month.  Upon running the registration, which was out of Pennsylvania, the deputies learned that it was expired, according to a criminal complaint.  Deputies initiated a traffic stop and found the driver, Brandon Edwards, 35, of Illinois, and passenger, Ray Parsons II, 47, of West Union, in the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department.

Edwards was unable to provide any information on the vehicle, and deputies found that his license was expired, according to a criminal complaint.  Deputies then requested a K-9 unit to assist with a search of the vehicle, as Parsons was a suspected drug dealer, according to the sheriff’s department.

Deputies then received permission to search the vehicle, along with the K-9, according to a criminal complaint.  The K-9 did not detect anything, but deputies said during a search, they found 28 Xanax pills in an unlabeled medicine container and a small plastic bag containing a white, powdery residue, according to a criminal complaint.  Deputies stated that K-9 unit cannot detect prescription narcotics.

Edwards and Parsons denied knowledge of the pills or the plastic bag, deputies said.  Deputies placed both men into custody, and during a patdown on Parsons, they found $117 and two cell phones, which both men denied ownership of, according to a criminal complaint.

Edwards and Parsons are each charged with possession with intent to deliver.  They are in North Central Regional Jail.

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