Traffic stop turns into drug bust

BUCKHANNON — A young Buckhannon man remains jailed after a traffic stop turned into a drug bust early Monday morning. Alex Alexander Arbogast, 23, now faces charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin and methamphetamine after Buckhannon Police Department’s Patrolmen J. Fisher and J. Garrison pulled him over for an expired registration. Deputy C. Bender with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department also arrived on scene to assist.

At the time of the traffic stop, Arbogast was driving a white Chevy Trax and allegedly admitted to operating the vehicle on a revoked driver’s license. After giving consent to search the vehicle, Arbogast informed officers he had heroin stamps and “ice” in a pill bottle located in his backpack. During the search, officers found the pill bottle containing three buns that consisted of approximately 10 heroin stamps each, in addition to 3.4 grams of methamphetamine packaged separately, according to the criminal complaint.

Officers also found sandwich bags and another small container that reportedly had methamphetamine residue inside. The defendant initially claimed he put sugar in the heroin stamp bags, but later changed his story to “he bought them half with heroin and half with sugar.”

Arbogast was placed under arrest at the scene of the traffic stop for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and heroin. If convicted, he faces 1-15 years of incarceration and/or a fine up to $25,000 for each felony offense. Arbogast remains at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a combined $50,000 bond set by Upshur County Magistrate Alan Suder.


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