Police arrest meth ‘kingpin’

BUCKHANNON — An early morning joint drug operation between three agencies netted two meth arrests Wednesday.
Steven John Kacenski, 46, of Warren, Ohio, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, a felony, and Bryan Joseph Wanless, 26, of Elkins, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, two counts, a misdemeanor.
Kacenski allegedly delivered two ounces of crystal methamphetamine to a confidential operative for $3,200, according to a press release from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.  The LCSD, along with the Buckhannon Police Department and W.Va. Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section, conducted the joint operation.
Kacenski was also wanted on dangerous drug and child neglect charges in Ohio, according to the release.
Sheriff Adam Gissy said, “The arrest of Mr. Kacenski was huge for our region as it relates to meth distribution. All indications suggest that Kacenski is one of the proverbial ‘kingpins’ of meth. Today’s arrest exemplifies how proactive patrol, coupled with some analytical initiative, can lead to substantial arrests.”
About 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on a Dodge Stratus that was stopped in relation to a controlled buy operation at the Hampton Inn, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.
Wanless was found to be in possession of alprazolam and methamphetamine.
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $75,000 for Kacenski and $5,000 for Wanless.
Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory said, “The Buckhannon Police Department has long enjoyed a good working relationship with many other law enforcement agencies, such as the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia Natural Resource Police. Last night’s collaboration was yet another example of the positive results that can be realized when we pool our resources and work together. By doing so, we have impacted a major drug operation that affected our entire area.”
Sergeant Mike Spangler with the W.Va. NRP said, “It is great to have Natural Resource Police Officers working cooperatively with other agencies focused on a unified goal of cleaning up our communities.”

More In Local News