Mill Creek man facing drug charge

ELKINS – A Mill Creek man is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $75,000 cash or surety bond after being charged with allegedly growing and distributing marijuana.

Terry J. Sutter, 51, was charged with possession with intent to deliver, a felony. He was arrested Friday after Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Deputy J.M. Williams, along with other deputies, a forest service officer, a special agent and a state trooper served a search warrant at Sutter’s residence.

According to the criminal complaint, Sutter waived his Miranda Rights and provided a statement to police, saying he had “grown approximately 18 marijuana plants in the past in the grow room.” He also stated the would “buy one pound of marijuana from Pennsylvania two times a year and he would occasionally sell the marijuana to his friends.”

In the kitchen of the residence, officers found a “scale with a green substance on it, $408 in cash, and a half mason jar of a green leafy substance,” the complaint states.

Upon searching the garage, officers found “two small plastic bags with a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana,” according to the criminal complaint.

Officers also allegedly found an enclosed room in the upstairs of the garage that was climate-controlled, insulated and had grow lights. There was a green leafy substance in that room as well that was believed to be marijuana, police said.

Officers searched a silver van on the property that was registered to Sutter. Concealed in the van were “three plastic bags that contained a leafy green substance believed to be marijuana,” and “with the marijuana was a loaded pistol,” according to the criminal complaint.