The Times West Virginian

March 11, 2014

County couple facing drug charges following traffic stop

By Richard Babich
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — A Marion County couple was arrested in Monongah after a deputy pulled the driver over for not having a valid drivers license.

Justin Lee Cottrill, 24, and Celia Jill Cottrill, 25, of 89 Boone Lane, Farmington, were arrested on March 8 and both charged with with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a felony.

According to the criminal complaint, the arresting deputy noticed a Subaru Outback being driven by Justin Cottrill with Celia Cottrill in the passenger seat. The deputy had prior knowledge of the defendant not having a valid driver’s license.

The arresting deputy pulled the Cottrills over in Monongah and arrested Justin Cottrill for driving under the influence. While searching Justin Cottrill, according to the report, the deputy located two pill bottles.

The two pill bottles contained 140 Subutex pills and 105 Xanax pills, the report added. Both pill bottles were found to be in Celia Cottrill name.

Upon searching Celia Cottrill’s purse, the arresting deputy discovered a large amount of U.S. currency. She was then arrested.

According to the criminal complaint, both Justin and Celia Cottrill admitted they had driven to Morgantown to purchase a large amount of Xanax pills. Only Celia Cottrill admitted the couple’s plan to sell the pills.

If convicted, Justin Lee Cottrill faces two to eight years in prison or a fine up to $20,000 or both.

If found guilty, Celia Jill Cottrill may serve two to eight years in prison pay a fine up to $20,000 or both.

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