Local man charged with drug crime

FAIRMONT – A 33-year-old Fairmont man is charged with a first-degree controlled substance crime after more than 3 ounces of methamphetamine was found in his possession in a traffic stop last weekend.

According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:

On July 5, police received information that Jason Alan Scheff had about 2 or more ounces of meth in his possession. Police had responded to a call earlier in the day regarding an overdose of methamphetamine, and Scheff’s name had come up in the investigation. The police informant stated he knew Scheff kept his methamphetamine in a pouch that was usually in his possession and that the last time the informant saw the pouch, it was filled with meth.

Scheff was also recently released from prison and is still on supervision with the state Department of Corrections.

Shortly after 3 p.m. July 5, police received a driving complaint involving a vehicle that was believed to be Scheff’s. Police found the vehicle parked in the parking lot of the apartment complex where Scheff lived, and noted it had a broken passenger side mirror. At this time, police also received information from the informant, who indicated Scheff was willing to sell him methamphetamine.

At 4:25 p.m., police witnessed Scheff leave the apartment complex in his vehicle and travel toward where the methamphetamine purchase was to take place. Police then initiated a traffic stop, and noted the pouch as described by the informant was with Scheff in the vehicle. Scheff was placed in the squad car and the K-9 drug dog was brought to the scene, where it indicated the presence of narcotics specifically in the suspected pouch. Inside the pouch, there was a large plastic baggy and two other bags that were filled with a substance that tested positive as methamphetamine. The total weight of all three bags was 86.81 grams, or slightly more than 3 ounces.

There were no tax stamps affixed to the methamphetamine packaging.

A background check confirmed Scheff has a previous conviction for a controlled substance crime.

The first-degree controlled substance crime carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $1 million fine. A failure to affix tax stamps charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.