Bond reduced in felony methamphetamine possession case

ELKINS — A Randolph County man allegedly found in possession of more than a dozen bags of methamphetamine while on parole had his bond reduced in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Bond for Jason Samuel Chewning, 30, of Beverly, was lowered from $50,000 cash-only to $1,000 cash-only in exchange for waiving his preliminary hearing.

Chewning is charged with one felony count of possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver.

His waiver means his case will be bound over to the Randolph County Circuit Court for presentation to a grand jury.

Randolph County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling represented the state while Chewning appeared with David Fuellhart as defense counsel. Randolph County Chief Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman presided.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9, West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.R. Wince responded to a residence along U.S. 219 in Valley Bend to assist parole services with a home visit.

Cpl. Wince met with Parole Officer Shari Wince to assist her in checking on Chewning, who is on electronic monitoring and was discovered to have traveled to the Valley Bend residence at 1 a.m. the same day.

Shari Wince knocked on the door of the residence and Chewning answered. When Chewning stepped onto the porch, he was “cooperative but very nervous,” according to the criminal complaint.

Cpl. Wince instructed Chewning to turn and place his hands on the railing of the porch, and he complied. While Cpl. Wince was performing a “Terry Frisk” search of Chewning, he observed a plastic bag balled up in his left hand, according to the complaint.

When asked what it was, Chewning dropped the bag over the railing. Cpl. Wince placed Chewning in handcuffs while Shari Wince retrieved the bag. Inside the bag were 13 individually packaged bags of a white powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

If convicted, Chewning 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.