Local man caught with meth in stolen car


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man has been released on a $10,000 cash bond following his arrest for drug possession last week.

Clarence Benjamin Collins, age 53, stands accused of felony possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine after local law enforcement found him sitting in a stolen car on April 13. According to the criminal complaint, the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department responded to a plate hit on a stolen vehicle. A Weston license plate reader reportedly identified the stolen vehicle traveling east on Route 33. When the vehicle was located in the BFS parking lot, Collins was reportedly sitting in the passenger seat. The driver, Todd Sutton, was inside the store and the officers quickly detained both subjects.

Upon searching the vehicle, a pink flowered clutch containing approximately 7.64 grams of suspected methamphetamine was found under the defendant’s seat. Collins also had $530 in cash on person, according to court documents.

If convicted of possession with intent to deliver meth, Collins faces 1-15 years in the penitentiary and a fine up to $25,000.

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