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W.Va. residents face drug charges

September 01, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Two Hedgesville residents were charged with several drug counts Monday after police found 13 pounds of marijuana plants dumped in a wooded area near their home, according to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Vickie Marie Fox, 33, and Keith Gregory Springer, 29, both of 1217 Haymaker Road, each were charged with one count of cultivation of marijuana, one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy to cultivate marijuana and one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Eight deputies with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, along with a police K-9, went to the Haymaker Road home around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Earlier that day, the lead investigator in the case, Deputy S.D. Myers, spoke to an informant who described an indoor marijuana growing operation at the Haymaker Road home. The informant said 78 plants were there, records state.

When police arrived, they found several items commonly associated with growing marijuana, including two PVC pipe hydroponics systems, fertilizer, seeds, growing pots, lighting supplies and garden planters, records allege.

Police said no plants were found, but it appeared the growing equipment had been dismantled recently, records state.

Several deputies noticed that Fox, who was wearing shorts, had several large scratches on her legs, leading officers to believe the marijuana had been placed in nearby woods, court records allege.

Briar patches were found in the woods surrounding the home, police said. In the woods, Deputy R.L. Steerman found "a large pile of green, leafy plants" that later tested positive as being marijuana. Also, 77 planters with plant stems still stuck in them were found.

Altogether the marijuana weighed 13 pounds. A pound of marijuana has a street value of around $1,200, officers said.

Officers who assisted Myers were Cpl. K. Mauck and Deputies T. Shetley, G. Bradshaw, J. Fleagle, J. Jones and T. Young, along with Young's K-9, Sultan.

Conviction on a charge of cultivation of marijuana or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance carries a sentence of one to 15 years in prison.

Conviction on a conspiracy charge carries a sentence of one to five years in prison.

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