Upshur County man arrested on drug-related charges on Easter Sunday

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County man is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $45,000 cash-only bond after Upshur County Sheriff’s deputies executed a warrant and allegedly discovered several types of controlled substances, cash and a firearm on Easter Sunday.

Franklin Tefft, 44, of Buckhannon, was arrested for four counts of possession with intent to deliver, a felony.

According to criminal complaints in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officers Chief Deputy Mike Coffman and Sgt. Theron Caynor with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday, April 4, Coffman obtained and executed a search warrant at a residence on Corder Crossing Road in the Hodgesville area.

Coffman and Caynor, assisted by deputy Cade Garrett and West Virginia State Police Trooper First Class P.J. Robinette, executed a search warrant at Tefft’s residence at about 5:30 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 4, Coffman said Monday.

“We found two kinds of pills, meth, marijuana, a pistol and about $1,881 in cash,” Coffman said Monday evening. “I had received some information, so I was able to obtain the warrant and we executed it that day.”

Chief Deputy Mike Coffman took this photo after he and several officers executed a warrant at a residence in the Hodgesville area Sunday. / Photo courtesy Mike Coffman

According to the report, Tefft “unlawfully and intentionally” possessed several controlled substances, including approximately four blue pills packaged in a clear plastic bag. The pills were later identified as Alprazolam, a schedule IV-controlled substance with the common brand name Xanax. In addition to the pills, Tefft allegedly possessed methamphetamine, marijuana, 5-mg Diazepam pills (the common brand name is Valium), digital scales, U.S. currency and a firearm.

Bail was set at $45,000 cash only.

The penalty for a conviction of possession with intent to deliver is confinement in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than three years, a fine of not more than $10,000 or both.

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