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W.Va. man faces charges after search of his home

January 11, 2006|by ROBERT SNYDER

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 19-year-old Inwood, W.Va., man was charged with three felony counts of possession with intent to distribute after a search of his home Monday turned up a number of drugs, including crack cocaine, police said.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies charged Bentley James Gibson of 64 Merlin Drive after Deputy R.L. Steerman searched his home Monday after receiving a tip that drugs could be found there, and that he sold cocaine, marijuana and crack cocaine, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Police arrested Gibson at his home after allegedly discovering about 16 grams of drugs, including eight grams of cocaine, three grams of crack cocaine and five grams of marijuana.

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Gibson, who was watching television when police arrived, denied drugs were present in the house when sheriff's deputies noticed a baggie of what turned out to be marijuana beside his bed and another small bag containing what looked like cocaine on his bed, records state.

Police said they discovered more cocaine wrapped in plastic bags inside two cigarette boxes on the floor beside the bed, as well as three small chunks of crack cocaine covered in coffee grounds in the boxes. More crack cocaine also was found on the floor beside the bed, records allege.

Several small plastic bags used for distributing the cocaine, electronic scales and straws with cocaine residue still inside also were discovered in the room, reports state.

Bail for Gibson was set at $100,000 by Magistrate J.A. Humphrey. He was being held Tuesday night at Eastern Regional Jail, a spokesman said.

If convicted, he faces from one to 15 years in jail and/or a $25,000 fine for each charge. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 19.

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