Mathes begins new year behind bars


BUCKHANNON — Upshur County resident Ricky Mathes, 60, rang in the New Year behind bars at Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ). 

According to court documentation, at approximately 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Chief Deputy Mike Coffman and Deputy Tanner Collins initiated a traffic stop on a silver Chevy Impala. While the cause was for the driver not wearing a seatbelt, the deputies detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. After approaching, Coffman identified the driver as the defendant Ricky Mathes.

According to a press release from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Chief Deputy Coffman observed drug paraphernalia in plain view within the vehicle. The deputy also noticed the driver appeared to be nervous and under the influence.

Also stated in the PR, a search produced approximately 14 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales and plastic baggies used for packaging for sale. The defendant was detained on the charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and DUI of a controlled substance.

According to the criminal complaint, the deputies transferred the defendant to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, where the field sobriety tests was administered. During the test, the defendant showed signs of impairment and admitted to using marijuana approximately four hours before the stop. The defendant also agreed to have a blood draw test administered at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

After all tests were administered, Mathes was transported to TVRJ, where he remains on a $10,500 cash only bond while awaiting arraignment.

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