Man faces felony drug charges

FAIRMONT – A 61-year-old Fairmont man faces first- and second-degree drug crime charges after allegedly selling methamphetamine from his residence, located across from an elementary school.

A search warrant at the residence of Gary Allan Silverthorn reportedly turned up more than 48 grams of meth last weekend.

According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:

Police were contacted by an informant on July 30 who reported that Silverthorn had a substantial amount of methamphetamine at his residence. Police were familiar with Silverthorn and his past involvement with meth, and the fact he is currently on probation. The informant told police he saw a “baseball-size quantity” of methamphetamine in a bag in Silverthorn’s residence, and he had asked the informant to help him get rid of it, which the informant took to mean purchase.

A controlled buy was arranged for July 31, and under police surveillance the informant went to Silverthorn’s residence, then exited a short time later. The informant turned over a baggie with a crystal substance that testing confirmed was methamphetamine. The total weight was 3.92 grams.

On Aug. 2, a second police informant made contact with police, and said he had agreed to purchase meth from Silverthorn. A second controlled buy was arranged, and the second informant went to Silverthorn’s residence and exited a short time later and met police at a pre-determined location and turned over 4.2 grams of methamphetamine. The informant told police he saw there was still a large amount of methamphetamine in Silverthorn’s residence.

A search warrant was obtained and executed in the early morning hours of Aug. 3. Several packages of meth were located weighing 14.6 grams, 4.02 grams and 1.25 grams. In a cooler, police found a large bag of methamphetamine that weighed 29 grams.

Also found was more than $1,700 in cash. Of that, $580 of the $600 documented funds used in the two controlled buys were recovered.

A small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found.

Silverthorn declined to give any statements to police.

The total amount of meth found with the search warrant was 48.47 grams ,in addition to the 8.92 grams of methamphetamine sold in the two controlled police buys. None of the drugs contained any legalizing tax stamps.

The first-degree drug crime carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Silverthorn also faces three second-degree drug crime charges, including two for selling drugs in a school zone; each charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Silverthorn also has a felony charge of failing to affix tax stamps; maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.