K-9 Sniffs Out Drugs


K-9 Nero, since he’s been back from K-9 training school, only a few months ago, has already proven himself to be a valuable part of the Weston Police Force, being deployed several times in action for apprehension and drug work.
On July 30, Nero assisted Corporal D. Lothes of the Weston Police Department, during a routine traffic stop apprehended Tiara D. Queen, 26, of Murphy’s Creek, Weston.
According to the complaint Lothes was patrolling when he saw a Pontiac with a defective registration light and conducted a traffic stop. Sergeant E. Riddle and K9 Nero also arrived at the scene and Nero performed an exterior search of the vehicle.
At the driver’s door Nero showed a positive alert to the presence of a narcotic odor according to the complaint.
During a further search of the vehicle, officers discovered Methamphetamine, Marijuana, prescription pills (Hydrocodone, Alprazolam and Clonazepam), digital scales and multiple small bags.
Queen is now facing five criminal charges for possession with intent to deliver on all five drugs. Queen is currently held at Central Regional Jail with a $100,000 cash/surety bond.
In other news, Morganne B. Grubb, 19, of Dutchman Lane, Weston, has been charged with Delivery of Marijuana, conspiracy delivery of Marijuana and Delivery of a controlled substance (Marijuana).
On April 23, a confidential informant for the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department purchased $40 worth of Marijuana from Grubb and the transaction occurred within 1,000 feet of two school zones, which were Robert L. Bland Middle School and St. Patrick’s Elementary School, according to the complaint.
Then on May 11, a confidential informant purchased $40 worth of Marijuana, from Grubb and James Breeden, according to the complaint. The arrest made of Grubb was a result of a warrant for her arrest.
Grubb is currently held at Central Regional Jail with a bond set at $100,000 cash/surety. Grubb also has misdemeanor charges pending from Upshur County as well.
Dale E. Pumphrey Jr., 28, of Flatt Run Road, is charged with failure to provide notice of registration changes (2), by Senior Trooper F. Turansky of the West Virginia State Police.
According to the complaint Turansky was performing a sex offender compliance check on Pumphrey on July 21, when he was informed that the defendant had not lived at that residence since June 30. Turansky was dispatched to Pumphrey’s mother’s address where he was informed he had not been there since June 30, as well.
The sentence for failure to provide notice of registration changes carries a 10-25-year sentence. Pumphrey is currently being held at Central Regional Jail with a bond set at $50,000 cash/surety.
John J. Riley I, 48, of Rock Cave Road, Crawford, is charged with Delivery of a controlled substance (Marijuana) on two separate instances by Sheriff Adam Gissy and Corporal J. Moran of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the complaints on two separate occasions a confidential informant purchased $120 and $100 worth of Marijuana from Riley, at two instances in April. The arrest was made at the end of July, due to a warrant for the defendant’s arrest.
Riley is now housed at Central Regional Jail with a bond set at $100,000 cash/surety.
Dillan M. Yeager, 23, of U.S. Highway 19 South, Crawford, is charged with two counts Delivery of Methamphetamine by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the complaints, on two separate occasions, a confidential informant for the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, purchased $50 and $100 worth of Methamphetamine from Yeager.
Yeager is now housed at Central Regional Jail with a bond set at $100,000, awaiting trial.

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