Two arrested on drug charges

UCKHANNON — Two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop by a Division of Natural Resources officer over the weekend.

Robert Lee Winneberger, 50, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver meth and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and Chad Steven Zirkle, 37, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession of meth and possession of marijuana less than 15 grams, both misdemeanors. Natural Resources Police Officer Tanner Collins was conducting spotlighting deer patrol on Friday near the intersection of Bucklight and Oak Road when he observed a vehicle sitting along the road for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate’s office. Collins pulled up next to the vehicle and observed the back window slightly steamed up and two males in the vehicle.

The passenger, Zirkle, rolled down his window and Collins observed the driver, Winneberger, had a pipe that is commonly used in smoking methamphetamine in the driver’s side door.

Collins asked Zirkle and Winneberger to step out of the vehicle and detained them. Zirkle had a glass pipe that he said was used for smoking marijuana on him. During a pat down search of Zirkle, Collins also found a brown wallet with empty bags and a bag containing a white clear crystal-like substance weighing approximately 3.31 grams and another bag containing a brown leafy substance, that he allegedly admitted was marijuana.

A search of Winneberger’s camo coat revealed a large bag of a leafy substance weighing approximately 21.06 grams, which he admitted was marijuana, and a white/clear substance of approximately 7.07 grams, which he allegedly admitted was meth.

A search of the vehicle yielded a black zipper container with multiple bags, q-tips and foam inside the vehicle in the center console. Winnerberger claimed ownership of a set of scales and a grinder inside a backpack, according to the criminal complaint.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $20,000 cash or surety each for Winnerberger’s two felonies and $5,000 cash or surety for Zirkle’s two misdemeanors. Possession with intent to deliver meth and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, both felonies, each carries imprisonment of one to 15 years, or fined not more than $25,000 or both. Possession of meth carries confinement in jail for not less than 90 days to six months and/or fined not more than $1,000. Possession of marijuana carries confinement in jail for not less than 90 days to six months and/or fined not more than $1,000.

In a separate case, Jesse Todd Miller, 32, of Buckhannon, was arrested for burglary, a felony; violation of a protective order, a misdemeanor; fleeing on foot, a misdemeanor, and two capias warrants.

On Oct. 21, deputy Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call for service on Caswell Street where he found the door of an apartment had been kicked in and damaged. The victim identified Miller as the suspect who is currently on probation for unlawful restraint. Miller had fled the residence prior to Gordon’s arrival.

Miller had allegedly kicked the door in to the apartment and the victim had grabbed her toddler son and locked themselves in the bathroom. The victim has a protective order against Miller. A witness reported that Miller had been outside the residence earlier while the witness was fixing the deadbolt of the apartment door prior to the incident.

On Nov. 1, Senior Trooper P.J. Robinette and Trooper J.S. Tonkin were conducting road patrol on Vicksburg Road and initiated a traffic stop and found Miller to be a passenger in the vehicle. The troopers directed Miller to exit the vehicle, knowing about active warrants for Miller. Miller exited the vehicle and began running away causing the troopers to purse Miller on foot before Robinette was able to tackle him and the troopers placed Miller under arrest.

Hurst set bond at $35,000 cash or surety.

Burglary carries one to 15 years in prison while violation of a protective order carries one day to one year in jail and a $250 to $250 fine. Fleeing on foot carries a $50 to $500 fine and/or confinement in jail for not more than one year, or both.


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