“On Aug. 23 at about 8:10p.m., Deputy David Thompson and his K-9 partner Chiva conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 271 and Pacal Road in the Union Grove area on a passenger car for a related traffic offense,” said Upshur County Sheriff Anthony Betterton.
Deputy Thompson made contact with the driver of the vehicle and also the passenger of the vehicle, Betterton said.
“Deputy Thompson then found through his investigation the driver had a history of drug abuse and asked the driver for consent to search his vehicle,” the sheriff said.
Deputy Thompson was given consent and began the search of the vehicle. “Deputy Thompson then found that the console between the driver and passenger seat was not secure and lifted the console up and found under the console a clear plastic bag that contained a white powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine, Betterton said.
Deputy Thompson also found in the rear seat of the vehicle a film container with two more bags of white powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine, Betterton added.
“He also found in the vehicle a laptop computer that had been reported stolen and reported to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office in March of 2009,” Betterton said.
Deputy Thompson arrested and transported both subjects to the Upshur County Jail, where both were charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The two that were in the vehicle were identified as James Corey Smith of Carthage. His bonds totaled $10,500. The other was identified as Joseph Patrick Taylor of Gilmer. His bond was set at $14,000. Taylor was also charged with the theft of the laptop computer. The total weight of the narcotics was about 3.8 grams.
“On Aug. 21 at about 10:14 p.m., Deputy John Beasley was dispatched to the area of FM 2685 and Evergreen Rd. in reference to a fight in the roadway between two men,” Betterton said.
Deputy Beasley was not far from the location and arrived and found two vehicles parked in the ditch with one in front of the other to block the one vehicle from leaving. Deputy Beasley questioned the subjects about the fight and no one would cooperate with him, the sheriff said.
Deputy Beasley noticed one of the subjects appear to hide something in one of the vehicles, Betterton said.
Deputy Beasley approached the subject and asked him what he was hiding and the subject advised nothing.
Deputy Beasley asked for consent to search the vehicle and during his search found in the vehicle’s ashtray a film container that contained four bags with a substance believed to be methamphetamine.
Deputy Beasley continued his search in the rear seat area and found in the seat a cigarette wrapper that contained prescription medication.
These pills were identified as Hydrocodone, Soma and Xanax.
Deputy Beasley arrested both subjects and transported them to the Upshur County Jail where they were booked in.
The two that were arrested were identified as Anthony Brown of Big Sandy, who was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance penalty group 1 with a total bond of $10,000 and the other was identified as Danny Bozarth of Gilmer, who was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance penalty group 3 with a total bond of $3,500.
The narcotics weight was about 1.1 grams and the pills weight was about 3.1 grams, Betterton said.