A Charleston man was arrested for possession with intent to deliver and illegal possession of firearms after a state trooper found him passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle while it was parked in a car wash bay.
Justin Goble, 30, 5635 MacCorkle Ave., Apt. 1, South Charleston, was charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of a firearm while prohibited. Magistrate Jacqueline Casto set bond at $20,000.
Around 9:23 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, the Jackson County 911 center dispatched a call about a suspicious vehicle at the car wash near Sears in Fairplain.
Cpl. D.R. Herdman of the Ripley Detachment of the West Virginia State Police arrived at the car wash, where he saw a 2001 Lexus ES 300 parked and running in one of the wash bays, according to a criminal complaint filed in magistrate court. Herdman saw Goble passed out in the driver’s seat and a handgun in the passenger’s seat.
Herdman pounded on the windshield and driver’s window, which eventually awakened Goble, the complaint states. The officer instructed Goble to roll down the window, but Goble unsuccessfully attempted to take the vehicle out of park, according to the complaint. He then turned the radio volume up and down, attempted to open the door, and eventually began rolling down the window.
At one point, Goble unlocked the door, and Herdman removed him from the vehicle and placed him in handcuffs. At that time, Herdman saw a second firearm in the floor on the driver’s side.
Herdman checked Goble for additional weapons and found an ounce of suspected methamphetamine and an ounce of suspected marijuana, according to the complaint. Goble also had $401 in cash and a set of digital scales.
Herdman placed Goble in his cruiser and secured the weapons. A criminal history check through WVSP headquarters revealed two felony drug convictions against Goble, which prohibit him from possessing a firearm. Goble also had an active warrant from Kanawha County Magistrate Court.