State Police arrest Randolph County man on drug charge after breaking and entering incident

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ELKINS, W.Va. – West Virginia State Police arrested an Elkins man after a reported breaking and entering incident Sunday.

On May 26, shortly before 1 a.m., police were notified of an active breaking and entering at Beverly Manor.  A caller stated that there were people outside his apartment who had taken a ladder and were climbing through an upstairs window into the apartment above him, according to a criminal complaint.

A state trooper and an Elkins Police officer arrived, and the officer went to the rear of the apartment while the trooper went inside the building.  Once inside the apartment building, the trooper encountered a man running out of an apartment in an attempt to flee the scene, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said the trooper gave the man verbal commands to get on the ground, with which the man complied.  After clearing the rest of the apartment, the trooper identified the man as Ryan Barb, 26.  Barb told police that he was allowed to be in the apartment, and he was there to get bail money for the owner of the apartment, according to a criminal complaint.

After police led Barb out of the apartment building, the Elkins Police officer stated he saw people fleeing the apartment complex when he went around to the front of the building to assist the trooper, according to a criminal complaint.  Barb identified two people and stated that they came to the apartment in his vehicle, police said.

Barb consented to a police search of his vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.  During a search, police found approximately 32.4 grams of a crystal-like substance consistent with methamphetamine; approximately one gram of a green, leafy substance identified as marijuana; digital scales; several small, clear plastic bags; nine smart phones; seven smoking devices; $61 in cash; and one buprenorphine hydrochloride, a schedule 3 controlled substance, according to state police.

Barb is charged with possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy.  He is in Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

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