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Tenney and Wardrope

Two people arrested for alleged drug possession after police investigate shoplifting complaint at Walmart

BUCKHANNON – Two West Virginian residents were recently arrested on drug charges after law enforcement officers allegedly found one of the individuals with 27 heroin stamps in her purse and bra at Walmart.

Brianna Wardrope, 25, of Buckhannon, and Christopher Wayne Tenney, 33, of Pickens, were both arrested for possession with intent to deliver, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Cpl. Marshall O’Connor with the Buckhannon Police Department on Saturday, Nov. 7, officers with the BPD responded to Walmart in regard to a shoplifting complaint.

When the officers searched Wardrope, they allegedly found 27 “Red Bull heroin stamps” in her purse and bra.

Wardrope said another person had stolen some of her money and heroin stamps, so officers located him inside and found three heroin stamps in a Ziplock bag in his wallet. He agreed to allow police to search his vehicle and officers found four additional heroin stamps and .2 grams of methamphetamine in a cigarette pack in a drawstring bag belonging to Tenney and Wardrope.

The file says Wardrope admitted to giving that individual the heroin stamps.

O’Connor performed a traffic stop to talk to Tenney, who he believed to be an alleged supplier to Wardrope. Tenney allegedly admitted the stamps in Wardrope’s possession were his, according to the police report.

Bail was set at $25,000 for Tenney and $25,000 for Wardrope.

The potential penalty for a conviction of possession with intent to deliver is confinement for not less than one and not more than 15 years and a fine of not more than $25,000.

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