Deputies: Winfield Man Arrested with Enough Fentanyl to Kill 1,500 People

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PUTNAM COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – A Winfield man is charged with possession with intent to deliver narcotics after being pulled over by a deputy for having a broken tail light.

According to court documents, James Anderson, 58, was pulled over along Hospital Drive on Route 34 on Friday, March 22, 2019, in Putnam County.

Deputy B. Hunt said the passenger in the car, James Riley, appeared to have constricted pupils, which led him to believe that he was under the influence.

When asked if he had any drugs in his possession, he admitted he had fentanyl in his sock, Hunt said.

Hunt then asked the driver if he had any drugs in his possession, according to court documents.  Anderson said he did not, but Hunt said he located another bag of fentanyl from Anderson’s sock.

In addition, Hunt said he found five more individually packaged bags of the highly dangerous drug hidden inside of the vehicle’s broken tail light.

Anderson was placed under arrest.

Upon arriving at the courthouse, Hunt said Anderson admitted that a “guy gave him $500 to deliver the fentanyl to his house”. 

Prior to placing the bags of fentanyl into evidence, Hunt said he weighed the bags.  The five bags in the tail light weighed three grams, he said.  The amount seized from Riley totaled .3 grams.

Hunt said the amount of fentanyl seized was enough to kill 1,500 people.

Anderson is charged with possession with intent to deliver narcotics.

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