Woman arrested after allegedly arranging to sell drugs to a police officer

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon woman was arrested after an undercover officer allegedly arranged to purchase heroin from her.

Savanna Zirkle, 19, of Buckhannon was arrested for conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by Sgt. Marshall O’Connor with the Buckhannon Police Department, on Sunday, May 8, O’Connor and officer Jacob Garrison arranged to purchase four heroin stamps from Zirkle in the Sheetz parking lot for $80. Zirkle arrived at Sheetz and notified Garrison, who was working undercover.

When Garrison approached the passenger side window of a red Chevy Cruze to meet with Zirkle, she allegedly recognized him and informed him the deal was no good. O’Connor moved in to speak with the driver of the vehicle, who immediately got out and began to flee on foot, despite being told to stop.

As the male subject was stopped, he allegedly elbowed Garrison in the face and began talking to O’Connor by using his name. While the male subject was being detained, Zirkle got out of the vehicle and also began to flee on foot into the swampy woods located behind Sheetz, the report states. Zirkle was successfully detained, and as she was exiting the water, O’Connor saw four heroin stamps floating and was able to recover all of them. The male also allegedly had heroin stamps.

Bail was set at $25,000 cash only by Upshur County Magistrate Mark Davis.

The potential penalty for conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance is confinement in a state correctional facility for a determinate sentence of not less than two nor more than 10 years. The potential penalty for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance is confinement in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than 15 years, or a fine of not more than $25,000, or both.

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