A Kenna man with an active felony warrant was recently spotted by Jackson County sheriff’s deputies and now faces additional charges.
Christopher Eldon Casto, 49, 338 Green Mountain Road, Kenna, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. The outstanding warrant also was on a charge of possession with intent to deliver stemming from a separate case last fall, said Chief Deputy Ross Mellinger of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
Around 11:26 a.m. on Feb. 2, Deputy B.L. Varney of the sheriff’s department received a text message from Deputy Cameron Saltsgaver, who had spotted Casto in Fairplain near Homer Smith Road.
Varney and Saltsgaver were aware of an active felony warrant for Casto in Jackson County. Varney went to Fairplain and saw Christopher Casto driving a white Ford van north on West Virginia 21, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.
Varney got behind Casto on Cedar Lakes Road and followed him into the Rolling Meadow Apartments, where Varney conducted a traffic stop, the complaint states.
Varney had Casto exit the vehicle and placed him under arrest on the felony warrant. Varney searched Casto and located a set of digital scales in his shirt pocket, the complaint alleges. Varney located a baggie containing suspected methamphetamine in Casto’s jacket pocket, according to the complaint.
Varney placed Casto in handcuffs and had him sit in a patrol vehicle. Varney went back to the van and found another baggie in the floorboard that contained suspected methamphetamine, the complaint alleges.
Deputy Lucas Casto arrived and helped Varney search the van. Varney found baggies imprinted with hearts, packaging commonly used in the distribution of illegal drugs, in a black leather bag in between the seats, according to the complaint.
Deputy Casto located another bag containing small, clear baggies on the passenger side of the vehicle. Varney also located two cellular phones and a tablet, according to the complaint.
Varney also located and photographed approximately $150 in cash that was in the black leather bag, the complaint states.
Christopher Casto was taken to the sheriff’s office by Deputy Casto. The van was towed by B&B Wrecker.
At the sheriff’s office, Varney used Christopher Casto’s digital scales to weigh the suspected methamphetamine. One baggie contained 3.57 grams of suspected methamphetamine and the other baggie contained 1.05 grams, the complaint alleges.