Front Royal man arrested on weapons, drug charges

Matthew Mark Ruddle

WINCHESTER – An early Wednesday morning traffic stop turned up an array of weapons, drugs, and paraphernalia.

Matthew Mark Ruddle, 41, of Front Royal, was pulled over at 2 a.m. on Washington Street for what Winchester Police Lt. Amanda Behan said were “minor traffic violations.”

She said he was driving a borrowed truck 20 miles per hour under the 35 limit, and crossed the center lines three times.

Ruddle exited the truck to get his license from the back of the vehicle, and officers saw weapons in plain view, Behan said.

A subsequent search uncovered 30 grams of methamphetamine, an AR-15 rifle, a handgun, 13 knives, drug paraphernalia, $3,000 in cash, five loaded magazines, night vision equipment, and an assortment of ammunition.

Ruddle was charged with possession of a Schedule I drug, possession of firearms and drugs, and possession of a weapon by a felon. Behan could not go into detail on where he may have been going or what he may have been doing with the weapons. She also said she could not reveal his past criminal history.

The investigation is ongoing, and there could be additional charges.

Ruddle was transported to the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center and is being held without bond. He has a preliminary hearing in City of Winchester General District Court at 9 a.m. July 25.