Driver charged after deputies find drugs


BUCKHANNON — A local man remains jailed after authorities performed a wellness check on his stopped car and caught him with drugs.

Richard Thomas Fogle III, age 30, was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin in the early morning hours of Sept. 27, 2021. According to court documents, Deputy C. Bender and another officer noticed a silver Ford Fiesta with high beams on sitting just outside the white line on the shoulder of Route 20 North in Buckhannon while conducting traffic patrol early Monday morning. The officers reportedly drove a few miles up the road and conducted another traffic stop, but said the car was still there when they returned and decided to investigate.

Deputy Bender pulled in behind the car to see if everything was okay, but the officers allegedly noticed drug paraphernalia in plain view upon approach. The complaint said a glass smoking device containing white residue was observed sitting in the open center compartment. Officers identified Fogle as the driver then detained him to search the vehicle.

A search of the car reportedly yielded several wax papers containing a white powdery substance believed to be heroin wrapped together with a rubber band, a glass smoking device with white residue, a pink metal straw with white residue inside, a large plastic bag containing  several other small baggies frequently used in the distribution of controlled substances, a small glass vial containing a white powdery substance, a package of 500 rubber bands, two working sets of scales, and one broken scale.

Fogle was arrested for possession with intent to deliver heroin and transported to Tygart Valley Regional Jail where he remains in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond set by Magistrate Mark Davis. If convicted, Fogle faces 1-5 years in prison and/or a fine up to $15,000.

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