Marijuana seized in W.Va.

May 02, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A package containing about 12 pounds of suspected marijuana was intercepted by local police this week after they were tipped off that the box was being mailed from New Mexico to Jefferson County, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Jefferson County sheriff's deputies were initially told about the package Wednesday when an officer from the Metro Narcotics Agency in Las Cruces, N.M., contacted local police, court records said.

The package was found at a Federal Express office near Las Cruces and was addressed to a man in Bakerton, court records said.


New Mexico officials opened the box and found 10 to 12 pounds of suspected marijuana, according to Sgt. Cesar Marmolejo of the Metro Narcotics Agency.

New Mexico authorities agreed to repackage the suspected pot and send it to the Sheriff's Department, according to court records.

Lt. Robbie Roberts of the Ranson Police Department then delivered the package to a man at the Bakerton address listed on the box, said court records.

Arrested was Roy Ronald Turner, 28, of Bakerton, court records said.

Turner was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy, court records said. Possession with intent to distribute marijuana carries a prison sentence of 1 to 15 years in prison and the conspiracy charge carries a prison term of 1 to 5 years, court records said.

Turner was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg Friday night in lieu of $150,000 bond, officials said.

Police also confiscated about $2,000 in cash and a small amount of suspected hashish during the investigation, court records said.

Police declined to comment on the case Friday.

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