At about 5pm on April 8, our Special Enforcement Unit received information regarding a male in a male in a black Lincoln LS was on a parking lot of a local restaurant and was in possession of methamphetamine and attempting to sell some. When responding to the area, the suspect car had left and was northbound on Walnut Street. It was followed to Grant Avenue and pulled over when the car didn’t use a turn signal and a faulty brake light was seen. A traffic stop was attempted, but the car drove for a full block in the residential area before pulling over.
When the car pulled over, the male acted as if he swallowed something and fell to the ground acting disoriented. An ambulance was called and he was later fully cleared by a hospital physician after a FULL medical exam. After the exam, he admitted he didn’t swallow anything.
The female passenger was taken out of the car. An obvious amount of crystal powder was seen in plain view on the car’s center console. A search warrant was obtained for the car which was taken back to the St. Albans Police & Fire building to be searched. It was placed in one of the Fire Department’s bays to be searched. During the execution of the warrant, the crystal powder was field tested positive for methamphetamine. Several PVC pipes with sealed up end caps were also found in the car. Thinking they could be pipe bombs, Kanawha County’s Bomb Squad unit was called to the scene while the building was evacuated and streets around were blocked off as a precaution. There was nothing to indicate these pipes were in fact pipe bombs, but since they had a consistent appearance, protocol demanded it be treated as a possible device.
The Bomb Squad examined the PVC pipes with portable a X-Ray machine and were found to be empty. These pipes could have been used as smuggling devices.
The suspected crystal methamphetamine seized from the car appears to be a high quality substance which is highly valued on the street. A large about of cash was seized as well. Neither the driver or passenger claimed ownership of the cash or substance.
Arrested were Robert Nicholson (44 yoa from St. Albans) and Laura Thayer (40 yoa from St. Albans). They were both charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver. They remain in the Regional Jail on $75,000 bond each.