Man faces larceny, drug charges

September 24, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four bags of dried marijuana and a truckload of possible stolen property was unloaded at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Monday afternoon, and one man was arrested.

As a jail trustee and deputies unloaded the items into a large storage trailer behind the county sheriff's department at 110 W. King St., Garland Clem Jr., 37, of Rutherford Lane in Bunker Hill, W.Va., was inside the department being processed.

Lt. K.C. Bohrer said Clem would face charges of grand larceny, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.


A spokesman at the Eastern Regional Jail said Clem was being held there on those charges Monday night on $40,000 bond.

The investigation began Sunday, when deputies learned a stolen chain-link gate was being installed at a home in the Happy Shores subdivision in Bunker Hill.

At the home, police found two cars and a motorcycle they alleged had been stolen in Virginia, and various other items, Bohrer said.

After getting a search warrant for Clem's house Monday, officers found 60 to 100 marijuana plants and two guns there, police alleged.

Because Clem had previously been convicted of a felony, he was not allowed to possess any firearms, police said. Bohrer said he did not know the nature of the previous charge.

Some of the items unloaded included a television, car stereo, new carpet, numerous tools, speakers and a box of VHS tapes.

If any of the items turn out not to be stolen, they will be returned to Clem, Bohrer said.

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