Police arrest man on meth, marijuana charges

BUCKHANNON — A man who was arrested on a failure to appear capias now faces more charges after he was found with meth and marijuana.

On Thursday, Christopher M. Confere, 21, was found in a rear garage area of a residence on Charles Street by deputy Tyler Gordon, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Gordon allegedly smelled the strong odor of marijuana and observed a black backpack in the immediate area where Confere was located, according to the criminal complaint. No one claimed the backpack, but another person advised Gordon the backpack belonged to Confere, who initially said the backpack was not his but later allegedly admitted that he owned the bag and its contents.

Inside the bag, Gordon found a glass container with approximately 92 grams of marijuana, a small amount of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, several unused baggies and various drug paraphernalia.

Gordon arrested Confere for possession with intent to deliver marijuana, a felony, and possession of methamphetamine, a misdemeanor.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $30,000 cash for the felony and $5,000 cash or surety for the misdemeanor.

If convicted, Confere faces imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than five years and/or a fine of not more than $25,000 for possession with intent to deliver marijuana and confinement in jail for 90 days to six months and/or a fine of not more than $1,000 for the misdemeanor.

In a separate case, Austin Michael Shipley, 18, of Buckhannon, was arrested for several offenses Thursday.

Patrolman First Class Marshall O’Connor and Patrolman Tanner Collins with the Buckhannon Police Department observed an ATV being driven by a male without a helmet come into the Buckhannon city limits on Main Street, according to the criminal complaint.

O’Connor activated his blue lights to initiate a traffic stop, but the ATV accelerated and turned left onto Wood Street, almost rolling. Shipley allegedly operated the ATV in excess of 60 mph, violating the 25 mph posted limit. O’Connor then activated his siren and the ATV came to a stop at the intersection of Wood and Ohio streets.

Shipley was taken into custody and taken to the BPD, where he showed impairment on all the standard field sobriety tests.  Shipley allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana the night before but denied taking any impairing substance on Thursday.

Shipley was arrested for fleeing from an officer in a vehicle while driving under the influence, a felony; reckless driving, a misdemeanor; and having no operators, a misdemeanor.

Hurst set bond at $20,000 cash or surety and $500 personal recognizance.

If convicted, Shipley faces imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not less than three nor more than 10 years for the felony; confinement for not less than five days nor more than 90 days and/or a fine of $25 to $500 for reckless driving; and a fine up to $500 for having no operators.

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