W.Va. woman
indicted on drug charges

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com
A West Virginia woman was indicted Monday by a Carter County grand jury on several narcotics charges stemming from her arrest after officers of the Elizabethton Police Department found drugs in her purse while investigating a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident in June.
Erica Robin Hamm, 24, of Princeton, W.V. was indicted on six counts of possession of a Schedule II narcotic for resale, possession of a Schedule III narcotic for resale, possession of a Schedule IV narcotic for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.
After officers responded to the scene near the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, eye witnesses informed them that the car fled the scene and traveled onto Cottage Avenue. According to reports, the vehicle left the roadway and drove onto the sidewalk and struck a utility pole.
"Officers located the abandoned vehicle in the parking lot of Kentucky Fried Chicken and were told by a witness ... that two females and two males were walking towards the Dollar General Store," EPD Ptl. Joy Shoun stated in a report, adding that the witness gave officers a description of the four subjects.
Officers then went to the Dollar General Store and located a female who matched the description of one of the individuals sitting on the curb in front of the store. The witness positively identified her as being one of the four subjects who fled from the accident.
"I spoke to the female, later identified as Ms. Erica Hamm, who stated that her friends had ran but she just sat down because she didn't know what to do," Shoun states in the report. "She stated that she owned the vehicle in question but had not been driving because she was asleep in the car."
After talking to Hamm, Shoun placed her under arrest for public intoxication due to her condition. "Upon speaking to Ms. Hamm, I noticed she was extremely disoriented, glassy-eyed, unsteady on her feet, and her speech was slurred," Shoun said.
While the officer located Hamm's identification, she opened Hamm's purse and found a large quantity of various pills and other drug paraphernalia.
According to the report, the officer found two tablets of Loritab 5, one Duragesic patch, eight tablets of Xanax, three tablets of Dexedrine, one vial of liquid Demerol, 33 Percodan (oxycodone) tablets, 20 used syringes, two spoons with residue on them, a package of rolling papers, 267 tablets of Morphine and 187 tablets of Percocet.
At that time, Hamm was additionally charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale, possession of Schedule III narcotics, possession of Schedule IV narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.