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Father, son and Frederick man face drug charges

April 15, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two Jefferson County, W.Va., men and a Frederick, Md., man were arrested on drug charges after a package containing about 10 pounds of marijuana was intercepted by police after being sent to a Charles Town address, police said Monday.

David Brian Grove, 56, of Route 4, Box 65, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; Grove's son, Brian David Grove, 20, same address, and Jason Tobias Stotler, 24, of 8282 Black Haw Court, Frederick, were charged with possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, said John Jeffries, a detective with the Charles Town Police Department.

On Monday, Brian David Grove was charged with conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to distribute, Jeffries said.

On March 27, Maryland State Police notified the Charles Town Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division about a package of marijuana that was being sent to an address in Charles Town, Jeffries said.

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The package weighed between 10 and 12 pounds and was being sent from Los Angeles, Jeffries said.

Cpl. Gregory Barnes of the Maryland State Police said he would intercept the package at a United Parcel Service (UPS) station in Hagerstown, Jeffries said.

Charles Town Police investigators went to Hagerstown and obtained the package from UPS, Jeffries said.

Charles Town investigators took the package to their department, where narcotics dog handler, Cpl. Richard Jenkins, checked it, Jeffries said.

Jenkins said that the drug dog Buddy indicated a positive result for narcotics.

Charles Town Police contacted the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department about providing an officer to deliver the package, Jeffries said. That was done for fear that occupants of the house might be able to identify members of the local police departments, Jeffries said.

The package was delivered on March 28, and about five hours later a subject picked up the package and brought it into the house, Jeffries said.

The people who picked up the package were taken to the Charles Town Police Department for questioning, Jeffries said.

Jeffries alleged that police learned that Brian David Grove and Stotler had sent packages of marijuana to the house in Charles Town before.

The address of the house was not released because police said occupants of the house did not know the package was arriving.

A search warrant was later obtained for the Grove residence, at 105 Harvey Road in Shannondale, W.Va., Jeffries said. Marijuana, scales and more than $1,000 in currency were found in the house, Jeffries said.

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