Bond set for four drug offenders
HANGING ROCK — A traffic stop in Hanging Rock over the weekend led to arrests and multiple drug charges for four people.
Two men and two women were arraigned Monday in Ironton Municipal Court. Judge O. Clark Collins also set bond and appointed attorneys for all four.
Angela Cooper, 29, of 5879 Davis Creek Road, Barboursville, W.Va., was arraigned on one count of tampering with evidence, and two counts of possession of drugs. One count was cocaine and the other was oxycodone.
“I have no family to help me,” Cooper said when Collins set her $50,000 bond.
“You’ve got some serious charges,” Collins countered.
Collins appointed attorney Warren Morford to represent Cooper.
Courtney Mitchell, 23, of 1315 18th St., Huntington, W.Va., was arraigned on one count of tampering with evidence and one count of possession of drugs, cocaine.
Collins set bond at $25,000 and appointed attorney Mike Davenport to represent her.
David Hansard, 29, of 2890 Clermont Road, Columbus, was arraigned on one count of tampering with evidence. Collins set bond at $25,000 and appointed attorney Mike Gleichauf to represent him.
Hollie Davis, 43, of 5135 State Route 10, Barboursville, W.Va., was arraigned on one count of tampering with evidence and one count of obstruction of justice.
Collins set bond at $25,000 and appointed attorney John Kehoe to represent him.
Preliminary hearings for all four were set for 9 a.m. Thursday.
Hanging Rock Police Officer Travis Kling made the traffic stop at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. He called for K-9 units after the car’s occupants began to act suspiciously and were unable to answer simple questions to identify themselves. Kling also said the vehicle was a rental, but no one in the car was the registered driver.
A search by female officers of the female passengers found cash and drugs hidden inside one woman and cash inside the other, Kling said.
About $2,000 and 44 grams of drugs were seized.
The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Coal Grove Police Department and K-9 units from the Ironton Police Department and sheriff’s office also assisted the Hanging Rock police.
“This is what it takes, all agencies working together to take drugs off the streets,” said Hanging Rock Police Chief Chris Steed.
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