A 29-year-old Clinton County man was arraigned on criminal charges Monday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas after he was arrested for allegedly possessing methamphetamine in Washington Court House.
During the arraignment hearing, a plea of not guilty was entered for Andy S. Totten, of Rombach Avenue in Wilmington. A public defense attorney was appointed to represent Totten in the criminal case.
Totten was allegedly stopped for a traffic violation on Court Street in Washington Court House at approximately 1:30 a.m. March 17. An officer with the Washington Court House Police Department reported that a check of Totten’s driver’s information revealed that his license was suspended.
The reporting officer stated that prior to towing Totten’s vehicle, an inventory was taken at which time a Monster Energy can was located with a false lid.
Totten allegedly said to the police officer that it was “used for drugs but it’s empty.”
While taking inventory of the contents in the trunk of the vehicle, the officer reportedly saw several clear cellophane bags and a metal spoon protruding from the top of a purple Crown Royal bag.
Upon further search the officer reportedly found a digital scale and a roll of clear plastic bags in a black backpack. Allegedly located in the trunk was a pill container with 30 clear capsules with an unspecified amount of white powder and another clear cellophane bag allegedly containing a white powder. The alleged white powder tested positive for methamphetamine.
He is currently out of the Fayette County Jail on a $10,000 cash surety and $1,000 own recognizance bond. He was indicted by a Fayette County grand jury April 7.
Totten is charged with aggravated possession of drugs, a third degree felony, for allegedly being in possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance, in an amount equal to or greater than bulk, but less than five grams bulk.
In the same case, Totten is charged with illegal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, for allegedly being in possession with purpose to use digital scales.
During Monday’s arraignment hearing, Totten said he is also facing drug-related criminal charges in Clinton County.
According to Clinton County Municipal Court records, Totten is charged with possession of drug instruments, a second degree misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth degree misdemeanor; and possession of drug instruments, a first degree misdemeanor. According to the court’s docket, Totten is expected to appear in the Clinton County Municipal Court Thursday for a plea hearing on those charges.
His next court date in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas is scheduled for July 10 at 9 a.m.
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