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Crystal meth and more than $13,000 seized during I-81 traffic stop

Two Georgia men being held in Eastern Regional Jail on multiple charges

January 25, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police seized more than $13,000 and a golf ball-size amount of crystal methamphetamine from a vehicle stopped for speeding on Interstate 81 early Tuesday, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Two Georgia men, Steven Paul Mitcheltree, 48, of Lithia Springs, and Donivan Brian Pittman, 28, of Mableton, were in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, transportation of a controlled substance into West Virginia and conspiracy, according to jail and court records.

Magistrate Harry L. Snow set a $250,000 bond for both defendants, according to court records.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Morris Stewart stopped the sport utility vehicle the defendants were traveling in near Inwood, W.Va., after observing the vehicle was traveling 83 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone at 2:38 a.m., according to court records.

A K-9 handled by Deputy Trent Heckman indicated a presence of drugs on the front passenger side of the vehicle and police then found the crystal meth in a Cheez-It bag on the dash above the glove box, according to court records.

An amount of marijuana also was found in a Marlboro cigarette pack on the floor, according to court records.

The cash and a firearm was found beneath the passenger seat, records state.

Pittman told police they were returning to Georgia from New York, according to court records.

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