Adrian man arrested Sunday on drug-related charges

ADRIAN – An Adrian man was arrested Sunday while traveling on his UTV for alleged possession with intent to deliver marijuana and methamphetamine.

Anthony Gregory, 38, was arrested on two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, marijuana, both felonies.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday, June 21, 2020, Gordon and Deputy Cole Bender, also with the sheriff’s department, saw Gregory sitting on a white ATV in the traffic lane of the Booney Hall Road in Adrian.

Gordon was aware that Gregory was wanted on a capias from Upshur County Circuit Court. Gordon asked Gregory to step out of the vehicle. According to the report, Gordon saw a clear plastic tube with a red lid between Gregory’s legs, and Gordon could easily observe plastic sealed bags commonly used in the sale of methamphetamine inside the tube. Gordon assisted Bender in placing Gregory in handcuffs.

While executing a probable cause search of Gregory and his belongings on the ATV, Gordon located a blue drink cooler near Gregory’s feet, containing a large amount of suspected marijuana and packaging materials. The file says Gordon saw two plastic bags full of suspected methamphetamine in the tube, one weighing 1.49g and the other 1.19g. The total weight of suspected marijuana is 7.9 ounces or 224 grams, valued at approximately $4,480, according to the complaint.

Gordon wrote in the report that he’d previously seen messages allegedly relating to Gregory selling methamphetamine and obtained an admission from Gregory relating to selling marijuana on June 15, 2020.

According to a related complaint concerning the June 15 accusation, on that day, Gordon had reportedly seen Gregory driving the same white ATV north on Route 20 South Road in Rock Cave. The report said Gordon was “familiar with Gregory” and was aware of several previous instances of Gregory allegedly operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Gregory drove past Gordon and turned west on Ely Railroad Spur Drive, and Gordon followed and located Gregory sitting in the roadway.

Gordon pulled up to the front of the ATV, at which time Gregory started the ATV and allegedly attempted to leave the scene. Gordon ordered Gregory to stop, and he complied.

According to the report, Gordon spoke with Gregory about the vehicle and Gregory’s suspended driver’s license. Gordon asked Gregory if he had anything illegal with him, and in response, he pulled out a marijuana smoking device from his pocket. During a probable cause search of Gregory’s person and belongings on the ATV, Gordon found $532 cash in his pocket, which was photographed but not seized.

Upon inspecting the vehicle, Gregory told law enforcement officers that the camouflage jacket on the front of the vehicle was his, and his cellphone and debit card were in a box mounted to the front rack of the ATV. However, he allegedly said the black backpack on the front rack “was not his,” and he just borrowed the vehicle.

The file says Gordon located a large container of green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana in the backpack on the ATV. In the same large pocket of the backpack, Gordon located three unused clear plastic sealed bags commonly used to distribute marijuana. Also, in the backpack, Gordon located a black digital scale, a marijuana grinder and an insulin needle. Gordon also located court papers for Gregory in a compartment in the front fender of the ATV.

Gregory admitted to selling a quarter ounce of marijuana earlier that day for $60 cash. Gregory granted Gordon permission to search his phone. In the Facebook messages, Gordon observed multiple messages indicating Gregory engaged in the sale of marijuana and methamphetamine.

Bail was set at $100,000.

If convicted of possession with intent to deliver, Gregory faces confinement for not less than one year nor more than five years, a fine of not more than $15,000 on each count.

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