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Traffic stop leads to drug charges in Martinsburg

February 04, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police in Martinsburg seized more than half of a pound of marijuana from a vehicle stopped Thursday night by an officer who first noticed the car had a broken taillight and expired tag, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Jesse Levi Wood, 20, of 43 Hobart Circle in Berkeley County, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman J.E. Darby. Wood was arraigned Friday morning by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, who set a $15,000 bond for the case, according to court records.

Darby said in his complaint that he stopped the vehicle in the 700 block of West Burke Street at 9:12 p.m., and smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle when he began talking with the driver, who apparently was the mother of the accused, according to records.

A subsequent search of the vehicle by police led to the discovery of a bag containing two smaller plastic bags of marijuana from under the passenger seat and a third bag in a door compartment, Darby said.

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Police said the amount of marijuana seized weighed 8.2 ounces.

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