Riley arrested for meth


BUCKHANNON — A local homeless man was charged with the intent to deliver a controlled substance on Sunday. Garrett Wade Riley, age 26, stands accused of attempting to deliver a substantial amount of methamphetamine.

The criminal complaint said Deputy Tyler Gordon noticed a blue Jeep Cherokee emitting excessive white smoke heading south on S. Florida Street and conducted a traffic stop due to faulty equipment. After the officer pulled the vehicle over on Fayette Street, the driver was identified as Scott Freeman, who did not present a valid driver’s license. Gordon also observed that the vehicle was not properly registered.

The officer then gained consent to perform a search of the vehicle and three passengers were removed from the car. As the rear driver side passenger, identified as Garrett Riley, began to exit the vehicle, he sought to remove a backpack but was instructed to leave it in the car. The officer continued the search to find four empty clear baggies with a torch lighter in the backpack that Riley was holding. Gordon also discovered a Sentry safe inside the backpack.

A further search of Riley yielded two baggies of a white crystal-like substance from his pockets believed to be methamphetamine. The officer also discovered a key that went to the safe found inside the backpack. As the officer opened the safe, he revealed several more unused clear plastic baggies and two more clear baggies containing assumed methamphetamine. According to court documents, the total of four clear baggies individually packaged with suspected methamphetamine weighed in at approximately 6.29 grams.

Riley was charged with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and remains in custody at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond set by Magistrate Kay Hurst. Upon release, Riley will be required to comply with random drug testing.

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