Upshur County man sentenced to 30 years for drug possession

Published on Thursday, 18 May 2017 17:41 - Written by LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com

A 36-year-old Ore City man was arrested by the Upshur County Sheriff's Department when he failed to show up in court for his trial on Wednesday. 

The Upshur County District Attorney's office said Jarrod Craig McBride backed out of a previous plea deal for a 13-year sentence for drug related charges on May 5, because he wanted to get married. 

Upshur County officials said a bond forfeiture warrant was issued for McBride's arrest about 10:30 a.m. the same day, and deputies were dispatched to his home. 

Deputies said they saw the defendant run into his house where he talked to deputies through the window but would not come to the door. 

Upshur County deputies entered the residence and placed McBride under arrest and took him to the courthouse about noon. 

McBride entered into a plea bargain agreement, pleading guilty to first-degree felony of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison and also was charged with contempt of court and sentenced to an additional 180 days.

According to a press release from Upshur County, McBride originally was arrested at his home on a warrant Feb. 23. The officers found methamphetamine, more than $4,000 in cash money, firearms, scales and a security system monitoring his property. 

"Because of the inconvenience caused to our citizens, and his disregard for the law, I will pursue an indictment for failure to appear in court based on phone calls to the jail I have reviewed this morning where he was speaking to his girlfriend who is currently incarcerated in the Upshur County Jail," Lauren Parish, 115th District Court Judge, said.