Reports of suspicious vehicle result to drug charges


BUCKHANNON — One Upshur County man was arrested on multiple charges after what started as a suspicious vehicle call on Thursday, January 13. Trey Amadeus Johnson, age 23, is currently held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail and awaits a posting of a $10,000 cash only bond.

According to court documentation, Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputy Tanner Collins received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle at Buckhannon Alliance Church. Deputy Collins, along with Chief Deputy Mike Coffman, arrived at the church and made contact with the driver of a maroon Ford Crown Victoria, later identified as Johnson. Collins asked the defendant if he drove to the church, to which he responded yes.

As stated in the criminal complaint, Deputy Collins asked the defendant to exit the vehicle, as there was an open knife next to him. After exiting the vehicle and granting permission for a search of the vehicle, the deputies discovered a grey bag that contained a needle, multiple bags and a small amount of methamphetamine. The defendant identified the substance as such. When the officers asked the defendant when the last time he used any illegal drugs, he answered over four hours prior.

The deputy states in the complaint that the defendant went to the church to be “closer to his grandma” and not to use anything illegal. Following that conversation, the deputy proceeded to put the defendant through impairment tests. After showing multiple signs of impairment, Johnson’s information was ran through Upshur County Comm Center. Multiple driving while license suspended (DWLS) pleas were discovered.

The defendant was placed under arrest and transported to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, where he signed paperwork consenting to a blood draw. After consenting, Deputy Collins then transported the defendant to St. Joseph’s Hospital by.

Johnson has been charged with DWLS in the third offense, driving under the influence and possession of methamphetamine. He will remain jailed until the previously stated bond can be posted.

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