Police arrested an Elkins man earlier this week for allegedly attempting to transport narcotics into Barbour County, where he reportedly planned to sell them.
Mark Steven Frazier, 40, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony, Wednesday after he allegedly tried to bring percocet into Barbour County, according to court records.
Trooper 1st Class J.R. Wince and Cpl. G.S. DeWeese with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police were patrolling Route 92 in Randolph County at approximately 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office. Wince, the investigating officer, saw a white Dodge Durango without a functioning registration light traveling north on Route 92.
DeWeese subsequently pulled the vehicle over, and Wince asked Frazier, the driver of the vehicle, for permission to search the Durango. Upon receiving verbal consent, Wince discovered a plastic bag containing 14 white pills marked "512," which the officers identified as Percocet, the complaint stated.
While officers were searching the vehicle, Frazier's phone rang "continuously" and a plethora of text messages popped up on the phone's home screen, according to Wince's report.
"The messages continued to ask 'where are you?' 'I am here, where are you?' etc.," Wince wrote in the complaint.
Wince asked Frazier what the senders of the text messages were referring to, and Frazier allegedly replied that he was on his way to Barbour County to sell the pills. Frazier allegedly told Wince that he had "fallen on some hard times" and was going to sell the pills to make money.
As of presstime Friday, Frazier remained in the Tygart Valley Regional jail on a $20,000 bond, 10 percent cash and surety.
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