Routine traffic stop nets felony marijuana arrest

BUCKHANNON – A Virginia man was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana Thursday night following a routine traffic stop.

Keshawn Battle-Patterson, 19, was arrested on the felony charge Thursday, according to the complaint filed in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office by investigating officer Sgt. William Courtney with the Buckhannon Police Department.

Members of the Buckhannon Police Department made a traffic stop on Lightburn Street on a white Chevy Tahoe for defective equipment.

After approaching the vehicle, Patrolman Tanner Collins with the BPD detected a strong marijuana-like odor coming emanating from the Tahoe, the complaint states.

Officers conducted a search during which a large amount of green leafy substance believed to be marijuana was allegedly found in a large jar, according to the file.

Additionally, the report says multiple individual bags also containing marijuana were located within the vehicle along with scales, a vacuum bag with residue and cash. Buckhannon Police officers notified members of the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit, and an interview was conducted.

During the interview Battle-Patterson allegedly admitted to having previously participated in the sale and distribution of marijuana.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bail at $50,000. If convicted, Battle-Patterson faces being confined in the state penitentiary not less than one nor more than three years and/or fined not more than $10,000 for possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

In other non-related crime news, a Buckhannon man was arrested for burglary, assault and domestic assault.

According to the complaint filed in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office by investigating officer Patrolman Donald Kraemer with the BPD on Thursday, Michael Roylance, 23, was charged with burglary after he allegedly broke into the residence of his estranged wife.

Michael Roylance

The file states Roylance is not listed on the lease and has not lived there since December 2018.

Roylance allegedly entered the residence while wearing a ski mask and was displaying a silver and black BB gun that reportedly looked like a real firearm. According to the report, Roylance did this with the intent to put the victim in fear of immediate danger.

Hurst set bail at $25,000 for burglary, $10,000 for domestic assault and $10,000 for assault.

If convicted, Roylance faces being confined in the state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than 15 years for burglary. Roylance could be confined in jail not more than six months and/or fined not more than $100 for domestic assault. He could also face being confined in jail not more than six months and/or fined up to $100 for assault.

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