The Harrison County Sheriff's Department arrested three people on drug charges Saturday.
Ryan Matthew Smith was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to deliver bath salts, and conspiracy to deliver a schedule I controlled substance. Michael Dennison and Rebecca Powers were also arrested and charged with conspiracy to deliver a schedule I controlled substance.
On Saturday, deputies staged along Route 50 at the Harrison/Doddridge County line after receiving information from a reliable confidential informant working for the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, Street Crimes and Drug Unit (SCAD), according to the criminal complaint.
Deputies were advised that a Blue Nissan Frontier pickup truck had traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to purchase bath salts and was to return to Harrison County to sell the illegal substance, according to the criminal complaint.
The confidential informant also advised that the vehicle was occupied by Smith and Dennison. According to the criminal complaint, Smith is a convicted felon and was alleged to be in possession of a hand gun.
At approximately 8 p.m., deputies observed the truck crossing into Harrison County from Doddridge County on Route 50.
After running the registration and observing that the tires on the truck were in violation of W.Va. state code, deputies stopped the vehicle in the Go-Mart parking lot on Route 23 in Harrison County, according to the criminal complaint.
Chief Deputy J.J. McAtee then made contact with the driver, identified as Dennison. While speaking with Dennison, McAtee observed the passenger, identified as Smith, fidgeting in the truck and "appeared to check the mirrors to observe the location of law enforcement on scene," according to the criminal complaint. Powers was also located in the back seat of the truck.
Smith was then asked to step out of the vehicle and was patted down by a deputy. During the pat down, the deputy located two 45 caliber bullets. A subsequent search of Smith's person led to the discovery of a one-gram container of bath salts, according to the criminal complaint.
Smith was then placed under arrest for the possession of bath salts.
Chief Deputy McAtee then asked Dennison if he would consent to a search of the vehicle. According to the criminal complaint, Dennison said that the vehicle belonged to someone else and that he would not consent to a search.
Based on evidence at the scene, and information obtained from the confidential informant, a search warrant was obtained through a Harrison County Magistrate.
The search resulted in the recovery of approximately 357 one-gram containers of BLUE brand bath salts, as well as one colt 45 caliber handgun and approximately $6,000.
Sheriff's deputies said that they hadn't encountered this particular variety of bath salts.
Smith, Dennison and Powers were all transported to the Harrison County Staging area for processing.
During an interview, Dennison admitted to law enforcement that Smith was to pay him $1,000 to drive him to Columbus, Ohio, for the purpose of purchasing bath salts, and transporting Smith back to W.Va., according to the criminal complaint.
Powers was also interviewed, at which time she stated that she was aware that the trip to Ohio was to purchase bath salts. Powers also told law enforcement that she, along with Smith and Dennison, consumed bath salts during the trip back to W.Va.
Dennison and Powers are currently in the North Central Regional Jail with bail set at $20,000. Smith is out on bail.