Man charged after troopers find drugs and a firearm on his person during a traffic stop in Preston County

REEDSVILLE, W.Va. – A man was charged after soldiers said they found drugs and a gun on him during a traffic obstruction in Preston County.

On February 19, soldiers with the Preston County division of the West Virginia State Police were conducting a routine patrol in the Reedsville area when they saw a man get out of a vehicle at a hot spot and “act suspiciously” on a criminal complaint.

Joseph Shrout

After the man identified as Joseph Shrout (39) from Independence left the hot spot, he changed seats with another person in the vehicle. At this point the vehicle started on W.Va. Rt. To go south. 92, said soldiers.

Soldiers followed the vehicle to the Browns Mills Store, where the driver pulled off the road again and the soldiers then interrupted traffic as the complaint said no lights were illuminating the license plate.

During the stop, the soldiers “smelled the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle” and also saw “a large knife” on Shrout’s waist; After asking Shrout to get out of the vehicle, the soldiers conducted a search for him, the soldiers said.

During this search, soldiers found a 9mm pink SCCY pistol with nine cartridges in the magazine, which the soldiers learned had been entered into the NCIC as stolen, according to the complaint.

When the vehicle was searched, the soldiers said they found a digital scale, metal shovel, knife, clear plastic bag with a clear crystal of suspected methamphetamine, and a clear plastic bag with a green leafy substance from suspected marijuana. a fold of paper with suspected heroin and a rubber container with suspected cocaine.

After reading his Miranda rights, Shrout stated, according to the complaint, that he was selling controlled substances.

Shrout has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $ 75,000 bond.

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