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W.Va. police seize marijuana

March 20, 1997

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A police search for a man with a gun Wednesday led to the seizure of more than three pounds of potent marijuana, police said Thursday.

Robert Harris, 22, of 403 W. Liberty St., was charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in a school zone, and brandishing a weapon, said Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge.

Harris, once a baseball standout at Jefferson High School and now a student at Shepherd College, was released after posting $50,000 bond, police said.

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Charles Town Patrolman 1st Class Joseph Forman was called to the area of North and Lawrence streets about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a man waving a weapon at two people, Aldridge said.

The officer found the man on a second-floor balcony, from where he threw a a green gym bag to the ground when Forman confronted him, police said.

Forman arrested Harris and searched the gym bag, police said.

The officer found a black, .45-caliber, semiautomatic pistol, and three plastic bags filled with marijuana, Aldridge said.

Police also confiscated $600 in cash, Aldridge said.

Police obtained a search warrant for Harris's apartment and Forman and Sgt. R.J. James seized numerous items Wednesday night, police said.

Among the items found were 20 smoking devices - pipes, bowls, and bongs, including three shaped like human skulls, one made from a two-foot tall coin bank, and another shaped like a smiling Buddha, police said.

Police also took several knives and suspected LSD, which will be tested at a state crime lab, Aldridge said.

Underneath a bed, police found six small marijuana plants growing in small pots, Forman said.

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