Traffic stop results in felony arrest


BUCKHANNON — A 22-year-old Buckhannon man has been charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine in connection with an alleged incident on Jan. 6, according to the criminal complaint filed in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Anthony Coleman Bryant was arrested following a traffic stop that occurred on Rt. 33. According to the complaint, Deputy W. T. Chidester with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department observed Bryant swerving his vehicle while driving, in addition to a brake light being out.

After initiating a traffic stop, Bryant had to open the door of his vehicle to speak with the deputy due to his window not being able to roll down. Deputy Chidester then observed a prescription pill laying in the floor between Bryant’s feet, so he then asked all of the occupants of the vehicle to step out to be searched.

While searching the occupants for weapons, the deputy discovered a crystal substance weighing approximately 12.6 grams on Bryant which was believed to be meth. A further search of the vehicle also found several baggies and a set of digital scales. The complaint states that both of these items are commonly used to weigh and distribute illegal substances.

Bryant was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver meth, a felony.

He was arraigned in the Upshur County Magistrate Court and bail was set at $20,000.

If convicted, he faces not less than one year nor more than five years and could be fined not more than fifteen thousand dollars.

Bryant is currently in Tygart Valley Regional Jail pending bail.

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