State v. Johnson (1988)

State v. Johnson, 179 W. Va. 619, 371 S.E.2d 340 (1988), the Court approved the introduction of a defendant's past drug use to show motive to commit breaking and entering and concomitant larceny. In Johnson, much of the evidence of drug use and the property crimes used to sustain the habit related not to the defendant, but to the defendant's co-conspirators. In Johnson, the evidence of the defendant's drug use was limited to testimony that the defendant "partied" with his co-conspirators-which the Court found was apparently a reference to the recreational use of drugs. Id. at 623, 371 S.E.2d at 344.