Sharp County Chief Deputy David Huffmaster and an investigator from the Third Judicial Drug Task Force traveled to Bee Run Campground near Hardy Dec. 30. After knocking on the camper, Couch, 59, came to the door, and Huffmaster witnessed him throw a can to the floor. After being asked to step outside the camper, the officers observed various items related to drug use, including suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia in plain sight.
A female, Theresa Griffin, 43, was also in the camper.
Officers were granted permission to search the residence, and looked in the orange canister thrown to the floor by Couch. Inside was a large crystal-like rock of suspected methamphetamine.
Officers spent hours going through the large amount of drug related items found on the property, including over a half pound of methamphetamine in various size rocks, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, scales, numerous syringes, Xanax and large quantities of cash.
Couch's truck was also searched, resulting in the recovery of more cash, marijuana, syringes and a fireman's badge.
Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said Couch had "been flying under the radar with the lights on his fire truck."
A representative with the Drug Task Force said this is the largest methamphetamine bust in Sharp County, taking nearly a quarter of a million dollars in drugs off the streets.
Couch and Griffin have been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance-marijuana, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-Xanax.
The pair remain in the Sharp County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.