Man arrested after deputy finds meth

An Elkins man remained in jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond Tuesday after he was arrested in Randolph County Family Court for allegedly carrying methamphetamine in his pocket.

Michael Joseph Hurst, 27, of Elkins, was charged with possesion of a Schedule II controlled substance late Monday morning when a Randolph County Sheriff’s deputy discovered that there was an active warrant for his arrest on a misdemeanor charge.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s office, at about 11:45 a.m., Deputy M.P. Dyer received information that Hurst was in family court and that an active warrant for his arrest existed.

Dyer responded to family court, confronted Hurst about the warrant and asked him to empty his pockets. Hurst complied, pulling a small silver container with a screw on the lid from his front pants pocket, the complaint states. When the deputy asked Hurst what was in the container, Hurst allegedly told Dyer that it contained methamphetamine and Xanax. A field test Dyer performed on a substance inside the silver container allegedly returned a positive result for meth.

Chief Magistrate Ben Shepler set bond at $10,000 cash only, and as of presstime, Hurst remained in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

The penalty for a conviction of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance is confinement for one to three years in the state penitentiary, a fine of up to $10,000 or both.

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