POINT PLEASANT — A man from South Carolina was recently arrested in Point Pleasant during a traffic stop and is now facing a drug charge.
Taron A. Baddie, 27, Little River, S.C., has been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. As of Tuesday evening, he was listed as being housed in the Western Regional Jail. His bond has been set at $100,000 in Mason County Magistrate Court.
According to the official criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, at 4:50 a.m. July 15, Cpl. C.A. Rhodes with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department observed a red, Chevy Impala with South Carolina registration driving north on Viand Street in Point Pleasant with its headlights off.
A traffic stop was then conducted in the 1300 block of Viand Street. When Rhodes approached the vehicle, he said he observed Baddie as the passenger with a bottle of cologne in his lap which appeared to have just been sprayed, according to the complaint.
After speaking with Baddie, the complaint said he gave deputies written consent to search the vehicle and during the search, a small baggie with “brownish tan powder” was found in the center console which allegedly field tested positive for heroin.
Then, Deputy J.T. Veith located what the complaint describes as “several more packaging that matched the heroin packs” as well as a scale, a grinder and several thousand dollars in cash.
Baddie also allegedly “gave up” 23.3 grams of marijuana located in his pants, according to the complaint.
For those convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, the possible penalties include jail time for not less than one year nor more than 15 years or fined not more than $25,000, or both.
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