Upshur man arrested on drug charge

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling Fentanyl.

Joseph M. Hall, 66, of 7 Renny’s Mobile Home Park, was charged with one felony count of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, a felony, stemming from a transaction that allegedly took place in October.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office, Cpl. Jason Queen and Cpl. Theron Caynor of the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office utilized a “reliable” confidential informant to purchase Fentanyl from Hall in exchange for money. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate pain reliever similar to, but more powerful than, morphine, according to information on the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s website.

The transaction allegedly took place Oct. 12 at Hall’s residence, the complaint states.

Sheriff David Coffman, Queen and Caynor arrested Hall without incident Tuesday at his home, according to a press release issued by the Upshur County Sheriff’s


Hall was arraigned before Magistrate Mike Coffman, who set bond at $20,000.

The penalty for a conviction of delivery of a controlled substance is confinement in a state penitentiary for one to 15 years, a fine up to $25,000 or both.

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