Deputy: Driver had gun, drugs

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BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department has made an arrest in a case dating back to May.

Christopher Lee Workman, 30, of Buckhannon, was stopped by Natural Resources Police Officer Tanner Collins on May 28 after he was observed on Route 20 North weaving from the center line to fog line in a Saturn Sedan, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Collins initiated a traffic stop but Workman did not stop immediately until he was near a residence. At that time, Deputy Tyler Gordon also responded and was notified by Collins that Workman said there was a .38 caliber handgun hidden in the vehicle.

Collins also found drug paraphernalia in Workman’s pocket. When Gordon searched the vehicle, he found over 30 Alprazalam “Xanax” bars, which Workman also said would be in the vehicle, a small baggie of meth, digital scales and the loaded handgun with two rounds of ammunition along with clear plastic baggies and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia, according to the complaint. Workman was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and possession of a concealed firearm, both felonies.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $100,000 surety and $50,000 personal recognizance. Workman has requested a bond reduction.

If convicted, Workman faces confinement in a state correctional facility for not more than three years or a fine of not more than $100,000 for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and confinement in a state correctional facility for not more than three years or a fine of not more than $5,000 for possession of a concealed firearm.

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