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W.Va. men arrested for drugs

July 25, 2000

W.Va. men arrested for drugs



By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two 18-year-old Martinsburg men have been charged with possessing Ecstasy tablets, crack cocaine and marijuana in a car.

Benjamin O. Westmeyer, of 908 Clohan Ave., and Michael W. Wright, 18, of 700 W. Burke St., Apt. 3, were both free on $22,500 bail.

Senior Trooper John Droppleman of the West Virginia State Police alleged the men had 16 Ecstasy tablets, 4 1/2 grams of crack cocaine and 7 grams of marijuana when he stopped Westmeyer's car on June 29.

He also alleged that police found 132 more Ecstasy pills, drug paraphernalia, plastic bags and a marijuana bong during a subsequent search of Westmeyer's room at home.

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The tablets in Westmeyer's room were worth about $3,300 on the street, or $25 each, Droppleman said.

Both men were charged with possession of Ecstasy with intent to deliver, possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana.

Ecstasy, or MDMA, is a synthetic psychoactive drug that has the properties of both a stimulant and a hallucinogenic, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's Web site.

He said Ecstasy is "turning up more often now" in Berkeley County and police have made some arrests involving smaller amounts.

There have been reports of young students getting access to Ecstasy, starting as early as sixth grade, Droppleman said.

At a preliminary hearing earlier this month, a magistrate ruled that there was probable cause for the charges against Westmeyer, according to Droppleman. Police have seized Westmeyer's white 1996 Ford Taurus.

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