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Morgantown man allegedly discovered with medication and weapons will seemingly face further federal expenses

A Morgantown man arrested Sunday in Star Metropolis on drug and firearm expenses has had a number of encounters with regulation enforcement within the space and, after Sunday’s arrest, might quickly be dealing with federal expenses as effectively. 

In keeping with court docket paperwork, Star Metropolis Police Patrolman Jason Morgan discovered a male – later recognized as John P. Richie, 37, of Morgantown – “slumped into the steering wheel” of a black pickup truck parked at College Commons house advanced. 

When Morgan started frisking Richie, Richie knowledgeable the officer he was carrying a loaded journal in his pocket, the prison criticism mentioned.  Along with eradicating the journal from Richie’s pocket, Morgan additionally discovered a small baggie of a powdery substance later recognized as fentanyl. 

Richie was detained after allegedly telling the officer there have been energetic warrants for his arrest.  He additionally knowledgeable them of a pistol situated on the passenger’s seat of the automobile and that there was presumably meth within the middle console of the truck. 

After working the license plate quantity on the truck, the criticism mentioned MECCA dispatchers suggested police that the license plate was stolen and had been entered into the system by troopers on the West Virginia State Police detachment in Morgantown. 

Morgan referred to as for a backup unit and a Okay-9 unit with the WVSP arrived on scene and decided there was a optimistic indication of medication within the automobile, the criticism mentioned.  As police started to look, Richie knowledgeable them there was additionally an AR-15 rifle within the backseat. 

In keeping with Morgan’s report, Richie informed him he had bought the automobile from a man named Chris who claimed the rifle was his grandfather’s.  Richie allegedly mentioned he had plans to promote it again to Chris’ grandmother for $400 to $500. 

Along with the fentanyl and firearms situated prior to completely looking out the automobile, police reported discovering two units of measuring scales that contained alleged drug residue, a smoking pipe used for medication, a small measuring spoon, a number of rounds of ammunition, and $132 with $50 present in one pocket and $82 discovered within the different. 

Richie did possess a invoice of sale and title for the pickup truck however is charged with receiving/transferring stolen property for the alleged stolen license plate.  He’s additionally charged with possession with intent to ship a managed substance. 

This isn’t the primary time Richie is dealing with theft and drug-related expenses in Monongalia County courts. 

In Might, Richie was indicted for recklessly fleeing from regulation enforcement after subsequently main officers on a high-speed pursuit after a Monongalia County Deputy’s tried to cease his automobile for suspicion of package deal theft. 

Courtroom data present he was additionally indicted in September 2018 for grand larceny and possession with intent to ship a managed substance after allegedly stealing a backpack – containing over $1,000 value of property together with a laptop computer – from a automotive within the Chestnut Road parking storage in July of that yr. 

In keeping with court docket paperwork, throughout that arrest Richie was present in possession of meth, round 6 grams of heroin, two scales and round 200 baggies. 

Attributable to Richie’s earlier prison historical past, Morgantown contacted an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and was suggested federal expenses will probably be filed in opposition to Richie since he’s a felon in possession of two loaded firearms. It’s unclear when these expenses will probably be filed.

Richie is at present in custody at North Central Regional Jail.  At an arraignment listening to Monday morning, Mon County Justice of the Peace Decide Sandy Holepit set Richie’s bail quantity at $50,000.  He’s scheduled to be again in Holepit’s courtroom for a preliminary listening to Oct. 2.