An early Monday morning traffic stop in Fayette County led to the discovery of a large quantity of heroin, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

In a release, the department said that a deputy made a traffic stop in the Deepwater Mountain Road area of Fayette County after noticing a vehicle making a traffic offense.

A search of the stopped vehicle led to the discovery of the drugs and ended with its two occupants — Bernard Echols, 55, of Chicago, and Arnesha Higginbotham, 27, of Beckley — being charged with possession with the intent to deliver and felony conspiracy.

According to the release, Echols had a total of 15 different aliases and Social Security numbers.

Both of the occupants of the vehicle were transported to Southern Regional Jail to await arraignment.

Matt Combs

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