Man facing felony drug counts

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County.

Keith Eric Meyer, 59, has been charged with two counts of drug possession in the third degree, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On June 1, a Fairmont police officer was on patrol when he observed a vehicle backing out of the driveway at a residence in the 200 block of Cedarwood Street in Fairmont.

The officer had received recent information that meth sales are associated with the residence, and had recently spoken with neighbors concerned about drug activity in the area. The officer also had spoken with an individual who advised they believe there was a wanted felon living at the residence.

The officer attempted to run the license plate of the vehicle but was unable to read it. After observing a license plate cover on the vehicle, the officer initiated a traffic stop.

The officer recognized the driver as Meyer from previous police contacts. He had arrested Meyer in the past for controlled substance possession and violating parole by using meth. Meyer was able to provide a license, but also provided two insurance cards that were out of date.

The officer observed Meyer’s speech was thick and his eyes appeared bloodshot. Meyer began swearing and said something about the officer harassing him. Meyer was then asked to get out of the vehicle for a field sobriety test.

When asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, Meyer said no. When asked if the officer could search the vehicle, Meyer said no. The officer then asked if Meyer would consent to having the K9 sniff the vehicle and Meyer agreed.

The K9 alerted for the presence of narcotics, and the officer observed Meyer placing his hands in his pockets. The officer informed Meyer that he was going to pat him down, and asked if he had any weapons. Meyer said he had a pocket knife.

Meyer then started to grab his pocket and the officer told him not to grab for it. The officer reached for Meyer’s hand and Meyer started to pull away and push the officer. Meyer then attempted to run away and the officer grabbed his left arm and pulled him to the ground.

Officers were able to get Meyer handcuffed and he continued to swear. The officer discovered five knives in Meyer’s pockets, as well as a camera film container. Inside the container was a large amount of meth.

Also found in Meyer’s pockets were four .22-caliber ammunition casings. The ammunition was live and not spent. With three felony convictions for controlled substance crimes, Meyer is prohibited from possessing ammunition.

The officer searched the vehicle and discovered multiple Ziplock bags, a digital scale and storage cases containing meth. Also found were a meth pipe and more bags of meth.