Traffic stop leads to meth charge


BUCKHANNON — A traffic stop led to a Buckhannon man allegedly being found with more than 12 grams of meth.

Anthony Coleman Bryant, 22, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, with intent to delivery, a felony, by deputy Tyler Chidester with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.

On Jan. 6, Chidester was traveling Route 33 East and got behind a Jeep Cherokee which was observed swerving from the center line to the right shoulder of the line and then tapping its brakes, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Chidester also noted a brake light was out and initiated a traffic stop near the 13 mile marker on Route 33 and made contact with Bryant, the driver. Bryant opened the door due to the window not rolling down and Chidester noticed a yellow pill, which he learned was prescription only, at Bryant’s feet, police said.

Cpl. V.J. Pyles and Trooper J.S. Tonkin with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police arrived on scene to assist and all occupants were checked for weapons, according to the criminal complaint.

A large chunk of 12.6 grams of a substance believed to be meth was found on Bryant. Chidester also located several baggies and a set of scales, according to the criminal complaint.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $20,000.

If convicted, Chidester faces confinement in the state penitentiary not less than one nor more than five years and/or fined not more than $15,000.