Another arrest made in Upshur drug sweep

A sixth person has been arrested on a drug-related charge as part of a countywide round-up by local law enforcement that began Friday morning.

Paul Aaron Bolton, 34, of Buckhannon, was charged with purchasing a substance believed to be used as a precursor in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. He was arrested by Buckhannon police officers, and his bond was set at $75,000.

According to the complaint filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court, Bolton purchased 3.6 grams of Sudafed on Feb. 13 at the Wal Mart in Buckhannon. The complaint stated he allegedly told officers on Feb. 23 that the item was being used to make methamphetamine.

Bolton’s arrest was the latest in an effort by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, the Buckhannon Police Department and the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police. Five other individuals were charged in drug-related incidents on Friday by local law enforcement.

A warrant for another unidentified individual, whom police believe to be residing outside of the state, was also issued Friday.

Others arrested Friday were Scott Sheets, 37, of 512 Broad Run Church Road, Jane Lew, and Shauna L. Winnings, 30, of 1729 Glady Creek Road, Crawford, on charges of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, conspiracy and the possession of substances used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Sheets’ bond was set at $175,000, and Winnings’ bond was set at $150,000.

According to the complaints filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court, Sheets was at a residence on Randolph Street in Buckhannon on May 19 when a fire occurred while he was allegedly operating a clandestine drug lab. A later search of the residence revealed a drug lab, the complaint stated.

Also arrested Friday was Timothy Baxa, 23, of 75 South Florida St., Buckhannon, on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. According to the complaint in Magistrate Court, Baxa is alleged to have sold what police believe to be heroin to a confidential informant in the parking lot of the Upshur County Board of Education office on Smithfield Street, which is within 1,000 feet of Buckhannon Academy Elementary School. His bond was set at $85,000.

Also arrested on a misdemeanor drug possession charge were Joanie Hoge, 33, and Donald Hoge, 44, both of 51 Upper Drive, Buckhannon.

Upshur County Sheriff David Coffman said he hoped the sweep would put a dent in the local drug culture., but said his department will need the cooperation of local citizens to continue the fight.

“We all know that Upshur County has a very serious drug problem,” he said. “I ask the citizens of Upshur County to come forward and lend us a hand. They know what’s going on around them. We will identify, investigate and arrest those people involved in the unlawful use and selling of drugs.”