TAYLOR COUNTY—Two people were taken into custody, after a routine traffic stop on Yates Avenue, last week.
Harlin Richard Felton, 35, of Flemington, is being charged with felonious possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and persons prohibited from possessing firearms.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Deputy Dylan Johnson with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, while driving down the road, he noticed a sedan carrying two individuals, and the driver of the vehicle was not wearing a seatbelt.
The vehicle was stopped, and the deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Felton, and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Felton admitted to the officer that he had approximately 3.5 grams of methamphetamine in his possession.
The defendant then retrieved a box from under the driver’s seat and presented it to the officer. Inside the box, the methamphetamine had been packaged separately, for what appeared to be distribution purposes.
The substance was field tested and yielded a positive result for meth. The deputy, aided by two additional deputies, recovered additional drugs and drug paraphernalia from the car. Felton admitted to the officers that he had been selling methamphetamine for the past five to six months.
During a search of the vehicle and the defendant, the officers also recovered two handguns and money. The complaint states that a 9mm pistol was obtained from under Felton’s armpit and a 357 revolver was taken from his boot.
It was reported that both guns were loaded when seized. Through investigation, the deputy learned that Felton was previously charged with a felony, prohibiting him from owning or possessing firearms.
The officer also learned that Felton has a pending driving while under the influence of an impairing substance charge in Harrison County.
Additionally, Felton admitted to the deputy that he had used methamphetamine the night before his arrest.
For his actions, the defendant is facing not less than one nor more than five years in prison or a fine of not more than $15,000.
Following his arraignment, Felton was released on bond.
Candy Nelson, 32, was present in the vehicle with Felton when it was stopped. The officer noted in his complaint that she was arrested on an active warrant in Taylor County for forgery and uttering.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Patrolman A. C. Crosby of the Grafton Police Department, on May 27, Nelson entered a local gas station on North Pike Street and used a third party’s check to make various purchases.
The complaint states that the check was used without the knowledge or permission of the owner of the account.
Security footage obtained through the investigation shows Nelson in possession of the checkbook and making the purchases at the counter on the date above. Officers received additional footage that showed her making a third purchase the next day from the same account.
She is being charged with two counts of forgery and two counts of uttering, both felonies.
Nelson was arraigned by a Taylor County Magistrate and has since been released on bond.