LOGAN - A man from Ranger, an unincorporated community in Lincoln County, has been charged with possession and other offenses after he allegedly attempted to shoplift at a store in Logan.
On Dec. 23, Senior Trooper Z.S. Holden with the West Virginia State Police responded to a call at the Tractor Supply store in Logan about a man who was attempting to shoplift. Employees told Holden that the man had attempted to steal a knife and was being "loud and disruptive."
According to a criminal complaint from Logan County Magistrate Court, Holden located Sonny Bradley Frye, 36, in the store and asked him to step to the front. During a search, Holden reportedly found several pocket knives and a small plastic bag containing four small individual packages of a clear crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine and another plastic wrapper that contained several blue pills.
Employees also said Frye was accompanied by another man, who was seen leaving the store when Holden arrived. Holden followed a Chevrolet Equinox SUV that Frye had been driving and noted that he detained the other individual after he "appeared to be hiding something in the rear of the seat."
According to the complaint, Frye told Holden that there were two firearms inside the vehicle. A Taurus 9mm semi-automatic pistol was found under the driver's seat, and a Highpoint 9mm rifle was found in the rear of the vehicle.
Both guns were loaded, and the Taurus pistol was found to have been entered as a stolen firearm.
Also reportedly found in the vehicle were several hundred plastic bags, a digital scale and 14 glass smoking devices. Frye reportedly told Holden that all the pipes were for him and that all the methamphetamine was his "personal use."
A criminal search history showed that Frye was convicted for possession of a controlled substance on May 22, 2018.
Frye was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver Schedule I, possession with intent to deliver Schedule IV, prohibited person (habitual drug user) in possession of firearm and receiving or transferring stolen property. He was arraigned by Magistrate Joseph Mendez on a $100,000 10 percent cash or surety bond and is currently being held at Southwestern Regional Jail.