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WHITESVILLE — A traffic stop in the town of Whitesville led to an arrest and charges for a Raleigh County woman on Sept. 24.

Stephanie Ann Bowens, 36, was charged with possession of controlled substance-fentanyl after police say she was found in possession of the drug.

According to a criminal complaint completed by West Virginia State Trooper J.G. Stapleton, the traffic stop yielded search of the car after permission was given by the driver. The reported stated that the trooper noticed that the passenger — who is the accused — was “a little nervous.”

During the search, the complaint states, the trooper located an aluminum foil stamp of a brown substance believed to be heroin and fentanyl mix in the accused’s bag, along with needles and small metal burn bowls that are “typically used in connection with drug use.”

The report states that the accused told the officer that “it may be brown sugar, but when she does buy heroin it is usually fentanyl.”

As of press time, Bowens was not held at Southwestern Regional Jail.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at 304-307-2401.

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