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Police - Man was eager for drug package

May 05, 1997

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A man charged with drug possession after he accepted a package containing drugs was so eager for the parcel to arrive that he called the delivery company to run a trace on it, Jefferson County Sheriff William Senseney said Monday.

When a man dressed as a delivery driver arrived last Thursday, the man signed for the package and shut the door to his Bakerton, W.Va., apartment, Senseney said.

Moments later, Jefferson County Drug Task Force officers raided the apartment and arrested the man.

Roy Ronald Turner, 33, of Bakerton, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy, court records said. Conviction on a charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana carries a prison sentence of 1 to 15 years and conviction on the conspiracy charge carries a prison term of 1 to 5 years, court records said.

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Turner was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg Monday on $150,000 bond, officials said.

The package contained 14 pounds of marijuana shaped into six bricks, Senseney said.

The "delivery driver" was a Ranson police officer. And the package was late because police had to figure out what they were going to do after learning the package to be delivered contained marijuana, said Senseney and other police officials involved in last week's operation.

Workers at the Federal Express office near Las Cruces, N.M., discovered the package contained marijuana.

An officer with the Metro Narcotics Agency in Las Cruces contacted Jefferson County sheriff's deputies last Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Las Cruces is located across the border from Mexico and drug smugglers frequently use the area as a crossing point, said Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge, a retired Drug Enforcement Administration official.

Local police decided to have the package delivered to the sheriff's department and they came up with a plan to make the delivery themselves, Senseney said.

Police also confiscated about $2,000 in cash, said Chief Deputy Jesse Jones.

No weapons were found inside the apartment, where Turner had been living for about five months, and Turner did not resist, police said.

This was the fifth operation for the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, which formed last August and is made up of officers from the local police agencies.

Police officials said they decided to take the case instead of passing it on to the Eastern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force because the larger task force has been so busy with other cases.

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