PARKERSBURG - James Rodney Walters, 30, of 907A Pike St., Parkersburg, was arrested on a drug charge Wednesday at about 1:30 a.m. after being stopped by police for speeding in a Ford Taurus in the 600 block of Pike Street, officials said.
Parkersburg police officers called Officer J.W. Pelfrey to the scene to conduct an external sniff of the vehicle with his police canine, Fedor. Officers allegedly located eight individually wrapped packages of suspected heroin.
Walters was taken into custody and charged with felony possession of heroin with intent to deliver. He was taken to headquarters where he was processed and placed in the Wood County Holding Center. A male passenger in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop was questioned and released.
James Rodney Walters
Walters was arraigned Wednesday morning in Wood County Magistrate Court and released on $35,000 bond.
Walters, who was on probation, was a co-defendant along with Jaymason Robinson in the deaths of Lester Allen Wratchford and Eric Lee Sprouse in September 2009.
According to court records, Walters pleaded guilty to a third-degree arson charge in April 2010 and was sentenced in September 2010 to one to three years in prison with credit for 238 days served.
The sentence was suspended for four years probation, according to Parkersburg Drug Task Force records.