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Tenth person arrested Wednesday in connection to Cooper Street drug bust

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a June 5 drug bust at a Cooper Street house during which police arrested nine people.

Alan Stanley, 40, was arrested June 10 for possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and violating the Anti-organized Criminal Enterprise Act, all felonies.

According to criminal complaints in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Cpl. Marshall O’Connor with the Buckhannon Police Department, on Friday, June 5, officers with the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit, Buckhannon Police Department, Upshur County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police served a warrant at 12 Cooper Street in Buckhannon.

At the time of service, nine people were detained and identified as tenants of the address. However, the police report says Stanley was not home but allegedly participated in drug-related transactions.

According to the report, upon completion of the search, officers located multiple scales with white residue along with multiple unused plastic bags, vials and containers commonly used to package, house and transport controlled substances. Officers also located multiple small sealed bags of methamphetamine, one large bag of methamphetamine, multiple bags of marijuana, multiple unidentified pills and more.

The file says officers located what they believed to be a ledger used to document drug transactions along with U.S. currency.

Based on the evidence obtained along with the information received from multiple sources, all nine of the subjects allegedly conspired and engaged together in the distribution of controlled substances “at a location that has a documented history of complaints exceeding the six-month time frame needed for the Anti-Organized Criminal Enterprise Act,” the complaint says.

The evidence reportedly includes statements from multiple complaints which describe to and from traffic, common with drug distribution from the residence. Additionally, these statements are supported by messages obtained from seized cellphones.

Stanley’s bail was set at $100,000.

The possible penalty for possession with intent to deliver is confinement for not less than one year nor more than 15 years, a fine of not more than $25,000 or both.

The possible penalty for a conviction of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance is confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one nor more than five years or by a fine of not more than $10,000. The possible penalty for violating the Anti-organized Criminal Enterprise Act is confinement for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than $25,000 or both.

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