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Traffic stop leads to drug charges

January 17, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- A traffic stop Thursday night in Harpers Ferry led to two arrests and a major drug investigation involving four search warrants, Harpers Ferry Police Chief Donald Buracker said.

Lauren Kay Charbonneau, 37, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., and William Gordon, 35, of Morgantown, W.Va., each were charged with possession with intent to deliver and transportation of a controlled substance into the state, Buracker said.

The investigation began when an officer stopped a vehicle on southbound U.S. 340 for crossing over the double yellow line, police said. Charbonneau, the driver, was acting nervous, so police searched the car and found two large plastic bags containing about 4.4 grams of marijuana, police said. Gordon, the front seat passenger, had wrapping papers and $1,464 on his person, police said.

Additional charges of grand larceny and obstructing an officer were filed against Charbonneau after she allegedly picked up $1,100 of the money seized from Gordon during booking, Buracker said.

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An additional charge of transporting alcohol, drugs or contraband into the regional jail was filed against Gordon after marijuana was found on him during booking, Buracker said.

Gordon was being held Saturday at Eastern Regional Jail on $115,000 bond, Buracker said. Charbonneau was released after posting bond Friday, arrested again on the larceny charge and posted bond again, Buracker said.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and the Harpers Ferry Police Department exercised two search warrants on Charbonneau's house at 128 McShane's Landing off of Knott Road outside Shepherdstown, Buracker said. Police seized more than $8,000, several pounds of marijuana, 14 ounces of mushrooms, seeds, scales, FedEx slips and other items, Buracker said.

Buracker commended the sheriff's department for its handling of the investigation.

"They do a phenomenal job," he said.

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