Traffic stop leads to discovery of drugs, stolen items

Left to right: Witherspoon, West, and Griffin

SALISBURY, Md. – Three people were arrested Wednesday afternoon after a traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs and numerous stolen items.

At around 1:40 p.m., a deputy with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle on East Road for a seat belt violation. On contact with the three occupants,  23-year-old Elijah Witherspoon, 37-year-old Katrial West, and 48-year-old Shamicka Griffin, it was noted that they were visibly nervous and uncomfortable. A Drug K-9 was called to respond to the scene as a result of the observed actions, resulting in the discovery of crack cocaine, heroin, a smoking device, and other related paraphernalia.

The deputy then found a large gray tote in the vehicle and searched it, finding numerous unopened items such as underwear, socks, t-shirts, a new bookbag, and other various clothing items. A 55-inch 4K television was also found still sealed in the box. All of the items appeared as though they had been recently purchased, but no one in the vehicle had any receipts.

Further investigation revealed that the trio had stolen the items from the Fruitland Walmart approximately one hour prior. Surveillance footage obtained from the store showed the three stealing the items, with Witherspoon parked out front of the store while West and Griffin stole the items.

All three were subsequently taken into custody. It was also uncovered that Witherspoon and West provided false names during the investigation. Police say West’s false identity was uncovered quickly, however Witherspoon’s false identity was not learned until he was booked under his fake name. It was then learned that both were wanted under their real names.

Witherspoon was wanted on failure to appear – driving without a license/leaving scene of an accident, failure to appear – speeding/driving without a license, and circuit court body attachment for child support. He was additionally charged with theft $100 to $1500, conspiracy to commit theft, false statement, obstruct and hinder, false identity to avoid prosecution, and driving on a suspended license. He was held without bond plus $25,500 on the three warrants.

West was wanted on failure to appear – theft and conspiracy to commit theft, and was additionally charged with theft $100 to $1500, conspiracy to commit theft, false statement, obstruct and hinder, possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently being held on $5,000 bond plus another $5,000 on the warrant.

Griffin was charged with theft $100 to $1500 and conspiracy to commit theft. She was released on personal recognizance.

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