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Martinsburg man arrested on drugs, weapons charges

July 26, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
  • Jeffrey Leondrus Savage
West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority,

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Police seized three guns from the home of a Martinsburg man Monday after Eastern Regional Jail correctional officers found seven rocks of crack cocaine in his sock, West Virginia State Police Sgt. T.C. Kearns said Monday.

Jeffrey Leondrus Savage was arrested early Monday by Martinsburg police after he was found passed out in his truck at the intersection of West Burke and Queen streets, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Savage, 51, of 316 Pennsylvania Ave., was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, transporting a controlled substance into regional jail, possession of Xanax and possession of Percocet, according to court records.

Savage, according to a news release from Kearns, has also been chargd with possession of firearms by a prohibited person. Police found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and 22-caliber rifle in the defendant's bedroom after obtaining a search warrant, according to Kearns' release. A 45-caliber semiautomatic pistol also was seized, Kearns said.

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Savage was in the Eastern Regional Jail on bonds of $50,000 and $7,000, which were set by Magistrate Harry L. Snow, court records show.

Savage was found about 3 a.m. Monday after Martinsburg Police Patrolman Michael Castelgrande saw that a black Ford F-150 on West Burke Street at Queen Street did not travel east through the intersection when it had a green light, according to court records.

After the truck remained stopped through three cycles of the traffic signal, Castelgrande got behind the vehicle and activated his cruiser lights, according to court records.

Castelgrande and Cpl. Frank Polinik were able to awaken the driver "after several attempts," the patrolman said in his complaint.

The vehicle was stopped, but still in gear to drive, according to court records.

The driver was barely able to keep his balance after getting out of the truck, which was searched, according to court records.

Six Percocet pills and 10 Xanax pills were found in a tissue in the ashtray of the truck, according to court records.

State Police Cpl. M.A. Cole later responded to the Eastern Regional Jail to investigate the discovery of the crack cocaine in the defendant's possession at 7:38 a.m., according to court records.

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