The Upshur County Sheriff's Department has arrested a man on drug charges as part of a nine-month-long investigation.
Deputies charged Ryan Keith Gillum, 35, with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on Gillum at the corner of Route 20 and College Avenue Thursday afternoon, and found marijuana and cash in his vehicle, said Upshur County Sheriff Dave Coffman.
"Within the last 24 hours, it's been a great day for Upshur County, the good people of Upshur County and the Upshur County Sheriff's Department," Coffman said.
Coffman said Gillum has been under the sheriff's department radar, and several months ago, it received good information to be able to initiate an investigation which led to Thursday's arrest.
As part of the months-long investigation, deputies recovered eight pounds of marijuana, $4,000 in cash, along with several cell phones and weapons in connection to Gillum, Coffman said. The firearms were seized at a separate residence.
"Gillum is not a street level dealer, he's a large player of the sale of illegal drugs in our county, and has been for years in our county," Coffman said.
Gillum was arraigned by a Lewis County Magistrate after Magistrate Mike Coffman recused himself due to his father, Sheriff Coffman investigating the case.
Sheriff Coffman said the investigation is ongoing, and more arrests in this case may be pending. Gillum will have a preliminary hearing in 10 days.
He is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail with bail at $150,000.