Sheriff’s Dept. executes search warrant; takes array of drugs, gun off the streets


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man remains jailed on multiple felony drug charges following the Sunday evening execution of a search warrant by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Chief Deputy Mike Coffman, the Sheriff’s Department had been investigating 44-year-old Franklin Lee Tefft for allegedly dealing drugs. After obtaining a search warrant, officers went to the Corder Crossing Road residence to further investigate.

The Buckhannon Detachment of the WV State Police assisted in the search and seizure operation that resulted in the confiscation of an array of drugs and paraphernalia, as well as scales and packaging items commonly used in the illegal distribution of controlled substances. A substantial amount of cash and a gun were also reportedly seized during the operation.

As a result, Tefft was charged with four felony counts of possession with intent to deliver controlled substances. According to court documents, the confiscated drugs included approximately 22 grams of methamphetamine packaged in six individual baggies, 20 yellow pills identified as diazepam 5 mg (Valium), four blue pills identified as alprazolam 1 mg (Xanax), and marijuana.

Tefft remains incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a combined $45,000 cash only bail set by Magistrate Alan Suder.

If convicted of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, the accused faces 1-15 years in prison, a fine of not more than $25,000, or both. Tefft faces 1-3 years in prison, and a fine not more than $10,000, or both, on each of the two charges of possession with intent to deliver diazepam and alprazolam. If convicted of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, Tefft faces 1-5 years in prison, a fine of not more than $15,000, or both.

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