Man arrested on drug charges

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BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County man was found with meth and marijuana after a traffic stop in May.

Edward Tussey, 34, of Rock Cave, was arrested Sunday for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, meth, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, marijuana, both felonies.

On May 24, deputy Tyler Chidester with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department initiated a traffic stop on a Mazda sedan on the Frenchton Road due to the vehicle swerving from the edge of the roadway to the center line and crossing the center line more than once, according to the criminal complaint.

After approaching the vehicle, Chidester identified the driver as Julie Hamner, who gave Chidester permission to search the vehicle.

After Hamner and two passengers, Edward Tussey and Troy Bennett, exited the vehicle, Chidester found a cardboard box in the back seat behind Tussey.

Inside the box, Chidester alleged found a large baggie containing a green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana and a baggie that contained approximately seven grams of a crystal substance believed to be meth, a set of scales, multiple small baggies, $25 in cash and two cell phones.

Tussey allegedly admitted that the contents in the box belonged to him.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $60,000. If convicted, Tussey faces imprisonment for one to 15 years and/or a fine of not more than $25,000 on each count.

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