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Man charged with possession with intent to deliver

October 27, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man found with more than $4,500 in cash during a traffic stop Tuesday in Martinsburg told police the money was winnings from playing poker Monday night and not from heroin sales, as police alleged, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Andrew Seman, 53, of 6297 Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg, was arraigned by Magistrate Harry L. Snow on one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin) and one misdemeanor count of battery in an unrelated incident, according to court records.

Seman was released on $30,000 bond after his arraignment Tuesday afternoon.

Martinsburg Police Patrolman J.L. Harper wrote in a criminal complaint that he stopped a white Honda Passport that Seman was driving after Harper saw the vehicle cross the center of Virginia Avenue and force an oncoming vehicle into a parking lane.

Harper found the cash in Seman's front pants pockets during a field sobriety test he conducted after Seman exhibited signs of being intoxicated, according to Harper's complaint.

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Harper wrote that he found seven straws filled with heroin and six bags of heroin in cellophane lying in the center of the road at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Addition Street. The cellophane was identical to that on cigarette packs in Seman's vehicle, Harper wrote.

The brown powder heroin weighed 3.3 grams, Harper wrote in the complaint.

Harper also wrote that someone who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation told police last month that an older white male traveling in a Honda Passport was selling large amounts of heroin from local motels, according to court records.

Harper had previously arrested Seman for heroin possession, according to the complaint.

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