Teens charged with possession of meth

FAIRMONT – An 18-year-old Fairmont man and 17-year-old Truman teen each face a felony drug charge after methamphetamine was allegedly found in their possession.

According to information from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office:

Shortly before 11:30 p.m. Aug. 16, officials received a driving complaint regarding a vehicle that had underage drinkers inside.

A Martin County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the suspect vehicle at the gas station in Truman. Contact was made with the driver, identified as Justin James Roberts.

Roberts gave the deputy consent to search the vehicle for any alcohol containers. The deputy could smell marijuana in the vehicle, and saw a used baggie in the center console that may have contained drugs.

One of the passengers in the vehicle was identified as Lucas Anthony Wade, and Wade’s wallet was left where he sat in the vehicle. Inside the wallet, the deputy found a razor blade and a baggie that held a glass-like substance that later tested positive as methamphetamine.

There was also a jacket in the vehicle that had a similar glass-like rock in a baggie that also tested positive as meth.

Wade told the deputy that the jacket belonged to Roberts and any meth found also belonged to Roberts, including the meth found in his wallet.

In a police interview, Roberts originally said the jacket belonged to Wade, but later said the jacket and the meth inside was his. He also said a meth pipe that was found was Wade’s and that Wade had given him money to buy meth.

Roberts was tested for driving while impaired, and at the law enforcement center, he tested positive for meth and marijuana.

Wade faces a fifth-degree controlled substance charge; maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Roberts is charged with a fifth-degree controlled substance crime and driving under the influence of controlled substances.