BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was allegedly found with over $15,000 in
Andrew Harris, 21, of Buckhannon, was stopped Sunday by deputy Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department for a defective license plate light and for the blue Hyundai Elantra allegedly being used in a theft from Sheetz a few days prior, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.
Gordon ran a registration check on the vehicle which came back to no matching records and the deputy initiated a traffic stop as the vehicle pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot.
Gordon made contact with the driver, later identified as Harris, physically shaking from nervousness and who tried to convince Gordon to follow him back to his house to get the insurance information.
The deputy called for assistance from Sgt. Marshall Powers and K-9 Officer AJ. When Harris exited the vehicle, Gordon observed him trying to conceal something in his left pocket and discovered a baggie containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine that was on the seat but had allegedly been in Harris’ hand.
Gordon also allegedly located a methamphetamine smoking device and several used baggies during a search of the vehicle.
Harris allegedly admitted that the substance was ‘ice,’ another term used for meth.
Gordon administered three standard field sobriety tests in which Harris allegedly showed numerous signs of impairment, even stating at the time, “I’m just high, I’m high,” according to the criminal complaint. Harris allegedly admitted to smoking methamphetamine a couple hours prior to the stop.
Gordon also discovered approximately $15,770 in counterfeit paper currency, according to the criminal complaint. All the bills of the same value have identical serial numbers and some of the bills have the word ‘COPY’ on the face of the bill.
Harris allegedly told Gordon he bought the counterfeit currency on Amazon.com for $7.99. The defendant stated, “He was tired of spending all his money on dope, so he bought the fake money to use.”
Harris allegedly admitted to already using two $100 bills to purchase methamphetamine.
Harris was arrested for possession of counterfeit with intent to utter, a felony; DUI first offense narcotic-meth, a misdemeanor; and possession of a controlled substance-meth, a misdemeanor.
Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $50,000.
If convicted, Harris faces one to five years in the penitentiary for not less than one nor more than five years for possession of counterfeit with intent to utter; up to six months in jail and a $100 to $500 fine for DUI first offense narcotic-meth; and 90 days to six months in jail and/or a fine up to $1,000 for possession of a controlled substance-meth.