While performing a routine patrol Thursday night, Patrolman Derrick Taylor of the Point Pleasant Police Department noticed the driver of a vehicle had performed a traffic violation, according to Chief Ernie Watterson.
Watterson said that after pulling the driver over at 23rd Street, Taylor began performing a routine check when other traffic violations appeared. Becoming suspicious of the driver, the officer asked for and received permission to search the vehicle, Watterson said.
Around the same time, Cpl. Billy Gritt of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department was driving in the area and saw the traffic stop. Gritt and his K-9 partner, Max, stopped and offered their assistance in the search.
It was during this search that the officers found the prescription pills throughout the vehicle, Watterson said.
Arrested were Cassy Lynn Hunter, 21, of Leon, Nathan D. Petrie, 19, of Point Pleasant, Robert Allen Jordan, 19, of Leon, Terry L. Roberts, 18, of Gallipolis, Ohio, and Eddie Wayne Hunter, 22, of Point Pleasant, all on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
All five were taken to the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville for holding and arraignment. They appeared before Magistrate Gail Roush via video conference.
Roush set a bond of $10,000 for each one.