Traffic stop leads to drug bust

EAST LIVERPOOL – A West Virginia man was arrested Friday night on drug charges after an officer pulled over the car in which he was a passenger for failing to obey a stop sign.

Patrolman Chris Green was on patrol when he reported seeing the vehicle fail to stop on Erie Street. The driver, John M. Graham, 48, state Route 45, Wellsville, told the officer he hadn’t seen the sign and was giving his passenger, Jason Rowland of West Virginia a ride home.

Both denied there being anything illegal inside the vehicle, and Graham gave permission for it to be searched, according to reports. When Green opened the passenger door, he reported finding Chore Boy and a syringe underneath the seat that had fresh blood on it that Rowland claimed as his.

Inside a bookbag, additional syringes were found as well as two digital scales, a radar detector, Taser and two cartridges, two cell phones and two vials of Narcan, which is given as an antidote for heroin overdoses. Rowland reportedly said the items were his, and he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments, with additional charges possible pending lab results.

A large sum of money was also seized from Rowland.

Graham was given a warning for the stop sign violation.