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Two pounds of marijuana seized

March 04, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Police on Wednesday seized about 2 pounds of marijuana and more than $40,000 in cash from a Martinsburg home and allege a man who apparently lived there was dealing the drug.

William Darwin Harden, 27, of 400 Bertelli Court, was in Eastern Regional Jail on a $52,500 cash-only bond Wednesday night after being arraigned by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to jail and court records.

Harden was arrested about 10:30 a.m. by West Virginia State Police troopers R.D. Eshbaugh and C.J. Berry, who went to serve a warrant charging Harden with a misdemeanor count of battery, according to court records.

The battery charge stemmed from an alleged altercation on Christmas Day last year between Harden and a now former neighbor at Fairways at Stonebridge east of Martinsburg, according to court records.

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State Police First Sgt. E.D. Burnett said in a news release Wednesday that Eshbaugh and Berry noticed a strong odor of marijuana when Harden allowed them in the town house to serve the warrant.

In plain sight in a closet, Berry noticed a large stack of money. A search of the home led to the discovery of several sets of scales, an electronic money counter, two Glock .45-caliber pistols and cash, Burnett said.

Harden has no "gainful employment or explanation for the cash," and Burnett said the investigation was ongoing.

A black BMW, two flat-screen televisions, two laptop computers and other property that police allege were obtained from drug sales were seized, Burnett said.

Harden's arrest comes about three months after the arrest of a 27-year-old man at the same residence who was wanted on a 2007 fugitive warrant for murder in New York City.

Geovanny Colon of New York City was taken into custody Nov. 17 by the Martinsburg Police Department's special response team. At that time, police seized about 7 grams of crack cocaine, $24,184 in cash, 15 mobile phones, jewelry and a 42-inch television from the home, police had said.

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