Romance writer arrested on drug charges in West Virginia

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP/WDTV) — Police in West Virginia have arrested a popular self-published romance writer on drug charges following a traffic stop.

The Exponent Telegram reports 28-year-old Kelly Ann Scyoc of Lumberport was charged Wednesday with conspiracy and felony possession with intent to deliver.

Scyoc writes under the pseudonym K.A. Robinson. Her books have included the "Torn" and "Ties" fiction series. At least one of them made The New York Times best-seller list.

Court records show a Bridgeport police officer pulled over a vehicle driven by Scyoc on Interstate 79 for an improper lane change.

According to officers, there was a strong odor of marijuana that came from the vehicle. A K9 unit from the Harrison County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene, and deputies searched the vehicle.

Court records show the search turned up bags containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, powder-like substances and digital scales.

A passenger, Phillip Creamer, was also arrested.

Syoc told police the two of them were traveling from Michigan before they were stopped in West Virginia.

According to the criminal complaint, police found a loaded .41 mag revolver in the driver-side door too.

It wasn't immediately known whether Scyoc has an attorney who could comment.