FIRST ON 5 NEWS: Man Arrested in Multiple Department Drug Bust
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on February 19, 2013 @ 7:28PM
Created on February 19, 2013 @ 5:43PM
An undercover drug buy involving two different police departments landed one man behind bars Tuesday morning.
The Lewis and Upshur County Sheriff's Departments are working together to try to fight a growing drug problem in the area. That's why they teamed up to find a man selling meth out of a Buckhannon apartment building.
It all started Monday night when deputies got a tip that 24 year-old Matthew Painter was selling the drug at Valley Green Apartments.
On Tuesday, an undercover officer met with Painter to buy the meth.
By working together on this arrest, both departments hope to cut down on the drug problem.
"We both know that both of our counties are overwhelmed with illegal drugs, and it's my goal, and I'm sure it's Adam's goal, and we've discussed this in the past, that this is a priority to us," said Sheriff David Coffman of Upshur County.
"We were very happy. Like I said, anytime you get a drug dealer behind bars, it's a victory. The same drug dealers Upshur County has, Lewis County has, and when we received that information this morning, we went with it through a joint collaborative effort,w e put a drug dealer behind bars," said Sheriff Adam Gissy of Lewis County.
Both sheriffs said they hope to work together in the future to continue fighting the drug abuse in the area.
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