A Raleigh County volunteer firefighter has been charged with attempting to sell prescription narcotics — while carrying an assault rifle in his vehicle, Mabscott Police said.

Kenneth Russell Clyburn, 39, of Mabscott, was charged with possession of oxycodone with intent to deliver, possession of Xanax with intent to deliver, possession of Percocet with intent to deliver, carrying a deadly weapon without a license and conspiracy to commit a felony, Capt. J.M. Kerr said.

Following his arrest Monday, Clyburn was arraigned before Raleigh County Magistrate Mary Jennings, and bond was set at $250,000, Kerr said. Clyburn has been released from Southern Regional Jail.

Kerr said Clyburn is a firefighter for the Sophia Area Volunteer Fire Department, but Sophia Area Chief Danny Treadway said Clyburn is currently suspended.

Kerr said Mabscott Police received a 911 call around 7 p.m. Monday. The caller said about 10 people had been coming in and out of Timberline Apartments in a relatively short period of time. Mabscott officers, along with Beckley Police narcotics investigators, observed an apartment with a high amount of traffic.

With a resident’s consent, police searched the apartment and found a few oxycodone pills belonging to another person living there, Kerr said. They later received information Clyburn was coming to the apartment to sell that person narcotics.

Police observed Clyburn going to his Chestnut Street residence, leaving and coming to Timberline Apartments, Kerr said. There, he was intercepted without incident. Kerr said Clyburn had a loaded .32 caliber pistol in his pocket.

After the arrest, police found 23 oxycodone pills, 20 Percocets, six Xanax and an AK-47-style assault rifle. Kerr said a 30-round clip of military-round ammunition was found next to the rifle.

Kerr said Clyburn had been using his fire department radio to monitor police activity.

Treadway said Clyburn had been a member of the department for only six to seven months, maybe less. He had only recently finished his Level 1 firefighter training. All fire department gear Clyburn was known to have was inside his vehicle at the time of his arrest was seized by Mabscott officers.

Kerr said charges are pending against the man to whom police believe Clyburn was attempting to sell the narcotics.

Kerr, Patrolman C.L. Shepherd, Mabscott Police Chief Wayne Houck and Detective Sgts. Gant Montgomery and Jason McDaniel of the Beckley Police Narcotics Enforcement Division were involved with the investigation, Kerr said. Kerr expressed his gratitude toward the Beckley narcotics investigators for their assistance.

— E-mail: apridemore@register-herald.com

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