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Local arrested at checkpoint

Police allegedly find drugs, guns in woman’s car

December 4, 2012
By Katie Kuba - Senior Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

An Elkins woman who was allegedly carrying an assortment of illegal drugs and a loaded handgun in her vehicle remains incarcerated on a $75,000 cash-only bond following her arrest Friday.

West Virginia State Police arrested Melissa Dawn Summerfield, 20, for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony, and possession of a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor, during a state police DUI checkpoint that took place along U.S. Route 19 Friday evening in Randolph County.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office, during the course of the checkpoint, Trooper First Class J.R. Wince with the Elkins detachment of the state police stopped a silver Honda Accord with Summerfield at the wheel. Wince noticed that Summerfield's eyes were glassy and bloodshot and also observed that she "appeared to be very nervous," the report stated.

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When Wince asked Summerfield if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Wince replied that she had ingested percocet by snorting it earlier in the evening, despite the fact that she did not have a prescription for the drug. Wince subsequently administered a series of standardized field sobriety tests, all of which Summerfield passed.

Wince then called for the assistance of WVSP K-9 handler Cpl. G.S. DeWeese and K-9 Officer Servo. The dog performed an exterior search of the car and indicated that drugs were present somewhere in the rear passenger area of the vehicle. Upon searching the area, Wince found a blue shoebox with a plastic bag in it that allegedly contained marijuana, a digital scale and a loaded Ruger 9 mm pistol on the floor of the car, according to the complaint.

As Wince was removing the pistol, he saw a small black pouch on the car seat containing plastic bags; one of the bags was allegedly filled with methamphetamine, while a second allegedly contained capsules of MDMA, or ecstasy. Wince also discovered a small bag of pills, which he identified as Xanax, the report states.

After Wince returned to the police station, he weighed the confiscated substances and determined that Summerfield was allegedly transporting 291 grams of marijuana, 7.3 grams of methamphetamine and 2.3 grams of MDMA.

Summerfield was lodged in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail awaiting preliminary hearing as of presstime Monday.

A person convicted of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance faces a possible penalty of one to 15 years in the state penitentiary, a fine of up to $25,000 or both; a person convicted of possession of a concealed weapon may be fined $100 to $1,000 and may be detained in regional jail for not more than one year.



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