COMFORT, W.Va. — Five people were arrested Dec. 14 at a hotel after authorities were reportedly alerted to drug activity.
Deputy J.C. King, with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department (BCSD), reports he responded to the call, and, after he arrived on scene and was speaking with the clerk, King reportedly saw four people attempting to leave through the building’s back door.
After going to the rear of the hotel, King reports he found, Nicholas David Hudson, 27, of Charleston, Brandon Todd Lovejoy, 25, of Seth, W.Va., Codie Leslie Santanio, 25, of Whitesville, W.Va. and Kateland Cheyenne Wall, 21, of Comfort, standing outside.
King reports he was initially alerted to drug activity on the part of Wall.
While speaking with the four about the nature of the complaint, Wall allegedly explained the group was just, “…hanging out” in room 216.
Wall allegedly told King that her cousin, Codie Ray Viars, 20 of Whitesville, was in the room attending to her three-year-old child.
The criminal complaint filed by King states, “I asked her if I could go up and speak to the Mr. Viars and she led me to her room.”
When Wall opened the room’s door, King reportedly saw Viars pull a pistol out of his waistband and put it on a table.
The complaint explains King, “…entered the hotel room to restrain Mr. Viars and retrieve the handgun.”
Viars allegedly admitted he did not have a concealed carry permit for the handgun.
After making the handgun safe, King, with the help of Deputy J.A. Fankhauser, with the BCSD, began questioning the suspects.
The criminal complaint states King questioned Wall about the possibility of there being any other guns in the room to which Wall allegedly responded, “No, you can look.”
King reports he asked Wall for permission to search again and Wall again gave her permission.
During the search, King reports he found a bag of what he believed to be heroin along with a bag of green, leafy substance thought to be marijuana.
King also reportedly found a bag of methamphetamine in a pack of cigarette rolling papers.
During his questioning of Hudson, King reports Hudson attempted to dump three pills out of his back pocket that were later identified as neurotin.
King reports he took possession of the each of the group’s cell phones pending a search warrant.
Hudson, Wall, Santanio, Viars and Lovejoy where each charged with two misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule one controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule two controlled substance.
If they are found guilty on all counts, Hudson, Wall, Santanio, Viars and Lovejoy could be forced to spend between three and 35 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $65,000 in fines.
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or by email at [email protected]