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Traffic Stop Nets Heroin

By Staff | Mar 9, 2011

Tori Dale Hinkle

On Thursday night the New Martinsville Police Department arrested Tori Dale Hinkle, 22, of Paden City for possession of heroin with the intent to deliver, following a traffic stop made in New Martinsville.

At approximately 11:54 p.m., New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil stopped a vehicle heading south on state Route 2 in New Martinsville, just past the railroad track crossing. The vehicle had been crossing the yellow highway lines, leading Chief Cecil to suspect a possible DUI offense. During the stop Cecil noticed the driver, Elson Hinkle, had “glassy eyes” but no smell of alcohol. Chief Cecil called Detective Donnie Harris, who arrived on the scene with the department’s police dog, Kenny. Deputy Randy Adams of the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office and NMPD patrolmen Don Larsen and Bruce Smith also assisted with the incident.

Following a search, 110 stamps of heroin (valued at roughly $4,400) were found on Tori Hinkle’s person. Tori, Elson’s wife, was in the passenger seat.

Tori Hinkle remains in the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of a $40,000 cash bond. Cecil said there is a possibility that three more arrests will be made in connection with the incident.