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NM Traffic Stop Results In Drug Arrest

By Staff | Feb 2, 2011

Kristica Rheannon Skelley

A New Martinsville woman is facing three counts of possession of a controlled substance after drugs were found during a traffic stop Sunday. New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil was following a blue van with Pennsylvania plates driving north on state Route 2 when the van unexpectedly turned into the Certified gas station. The vehicle did not use its turn signal, causing Cecil to hit his brakes hard.

He circled into the lot and made a traffic stop. The driver, Kristica Rheannon Skelley, 29, of RR 2 Box 448, New Martinsville, could not provide proof of insurance. Since Cecil recognized her name from drug investigations, he called the Paden City Police Department and asked Patrolman Ronnie Henry to bring his drug dog to search the van. Henry and NMPD Patrolman Friend Estep conducted the search.

“We found Xanax and Lunestra, which are both Schedule IV controlled substances, as well as an empty stamp of heroin,” explained Cecil. The prescription drugs were found in the glove compartment in non-identified containers and the empty stamp of heroin was found in Skelley’s wallet. The owner of the vehicle was not present.

Skelley is facing misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of a controlled substance (Xanax) without proof of valid prescription, and possession of a controlled substance (Lunestra) without proof of valid prescription. She was released on a $2,000 surety bond for each charge. Attorney Jeremiah Gardner is representing her in Wetzel County Magistrate Court, where she is scheduled to return for a pre-trial conference in front of Magistrate Tom Shepherd on Feb. 9.