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Driver of car missing bumper faces drug charges after stop

September 21, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police seized about one-quarter pound of marijuana and $1,720 in cash early Tuesday from a car that was being driven without a front bumper, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

James Jonathan Dixon, 24, of 5 Hawthorne Ave. in Summit Point, W.Va., was charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to court records.

Stopped in the area of Hedgesville Road about 12:35 a.m., Dixon was in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night on a $25,000 bond set by Magistrate JoAnn Overington, according to jail and court records.

Dixon told State Police Trooper C.S. Maynard that he was aware the Mercury Cougar he was driving was missing a bumper and he was attempting to save money to make the repair, according to court records.

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Dixon indicated that he did not have a job and could not explain why he had the cash, which Maynard spotted between the driver's seat and driver's-side door of the vehicle, according to court records.

Dixon told police that he had marijuana in the trunk of the car, according to court records.

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