ST. ALBANS — A Ripley man faces a charge after allegedly being found in possession of an illegal substance.

Somerset County Chief Deputy Michael Mitchell said in a phone call Thursday afternoon that around 1:18 p.m., Dept. Logan Roberts observed a blue 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck operating on Pond Road with a loud exhaust towing a trailer that was missing a wheel.

When he stopped the vehicle for the infractions, Dept. Roberts found Bernie W. Buker, 46, of Ripley operating the vehicle. Found in the center console of the vehicle was half a gram of fentanyl, Mitchell said.

Buker was arrested without incident at the scene and transported to Somerset County Jail in East Madison, where he faces an unlawful possession of scheduled W drugs charge, which is a class D crime.

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