Armed and dangerous suspect surrenders


BUCKHANNON — A man considered armed and dangerous by law enforcement officials and sought in a recent drug sweep by Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit has turned himself in to law enforcement officials, according to reports.

Timothy Strickland, 39, of Buckhannon, turned himself in after being indicted by the Upshur County Grand Jury this past week for delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a felony; and delivery of a controlled substance, meth, within 1,000 feet of a school, a felony.

According to reports, in September 2018, Strickland is alleged to have sold meth and in October of last year, he reportedly sold meth within 1,000 feet of a Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, according to circuit court documents.

According to reports, Strickland was one of five suspects who eluded capture in the recent drug sweep. All of the remaining suspects are now in custody awaiting further court action.

Strickland is being held in the Tygart’s Valley Regional Jail without bond.

Subjects arrested in the initial sweep were Candy Suttle, Lucas Unger, Wesley Mayes, Brandon McCartney, John Shipman, Ashley Sipe, Robin Norris, Chad Hayes, Garry Morgan, and Johnna Courtney.

The remaining four suspects, in addition to Strickland, who were taken into custody later included Aman Sweilam, Keith Johnson, Thomas Lowe, and Dustin Landis.

The drug sweep organized by members of the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit culminated with the arrest of multiple subjects for various drug offenses, including Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a Protected Area, and Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance.  These arrests are the culmination of drug investigations that began earlier this year by the MLDVC Unit.  This is the second such Drug Round Up since the Unit’s inception in May 2018, which has yielded more than 50 felony drug arrests in Upshur County.

Drug seizures during this round up include fifty-three heroin stamps, one hundred (100) dosage units of controlled substances, one-quarter ounce of marijuana, sixty-two grams of methamphetamine, and several thousand dollars in counterfeit US currency.  Total street value of illegal drugs seized is $8,350.00.

The Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit is comprised of officers from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Buckhannon Police Department, Braxton County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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