Tucker man faces felony meth charge


ELKINS — A Tucker County man is behind bars after allegedly being found with 36 grams of methamphetamine.

Michael Brooks Ketterman, 30, of Hambleton, is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $75,000 cash-only bond, set by Randolph County Chief Magistrate Ben Shepler.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 11:26 p.m. on Saturday, Senior Patrolman T.C. Bennett and Patrolman W.D. Butcher, both of the Elkins Police Department, were patrolling near Mary’s Lane in Elkins.

At that time, Bennett noticed Ketterman exit the Tygart Hotel. Ketterman was known by officers to have an outstanding bailpiece issued by the Randolph County Circuit Court. After confirming the bailpiece through Randolph County 911, officers took Ketterman into custody, police said.

During a search of Ketterman, Bennett located a clear plastic bag containing a white crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine in his right front shorts pocket, the complaint states.

Bennett also found a clear plastic container, containing seven-and-a-half white round pills inscribed “54-411,” two white bar-shaped pills inscribed “G3722,” one green bar-shaped pill inscribed “S 90 3,” and six blue oval-shaped pills inscribed “GG258,” as well as a wallet containing his West Virginia identification card and $795, according to the complaint.

A green glasses case was found in Ketterman’s left front shorts pocket and held a clear plastic bag containing “a large amount” of white crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, police said.

Butcher conducted a search of Ketterman’s backpack and found 18 small plastic bags commonly used for controlled substance transactions, court documents state.

After transporting Ketterman to TVRJ, Bennett conducted a field test on the white substance which tested positive for methamphetamine. The two bags were weighed – one coming back as 27.5 grams and the other as 8.5 grams, according to the complaint.

The “54-411” pills were identified to be bupernorphine hydrochloride 8 mg, the “G3722” pills were identified to be alprazolam 2 mg, the “S 90 3” pills were identified to be alprazolam 2 mg and the “GG258” pills were identified to be alprazolam 1 mg, respectively, the complaint states.

If convicted, Ketterman could be sentenced to not less than one nor more than 15 years in the state penitentiary, fined not more than $25,000, or both.