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Crack, knives seized during traffic stop in Martinsburg

April 04, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A vehicle stopped by police for a possible inspection sticker violation led to the arrest in Martinsburg on Monday of two people on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine), Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

Bridgett Splinnix Crenshaw, 18, and Michael Lee Priller, 29, both of 210 Jennings Drive, Martinsburg, were arraigned Monday evening by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, who set $25,000 bonds for each case.

West Virginia State Police Trooper K.D. Castle stopped a red Dodge Colt on Wilson Street after first noticing the lack of a sticker on the vehicle on West King Street, according to the officer's complaint.

After being asked, Castle said the driver told police they did not have permission to search the vehicle because she did not have anything illegal in the vehicle.

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The driver also told police that the car wouldn't pass inspection because of a "bad wire."

Castle said everyone in the car appeared extremely nervous and then were extremely relieved after he returned to his car to write a warning ticket for the sticker.

Castle said Priller later admitted he had drugs in a brown bag in the car and police also determined the crack cocaine weighed about 12 grams. Three "illegal" knives also were found in bags in the trunk of the vehicle after a vehicle search, police said.

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