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Hagerstown police seize 3 pounds of marijuana in traffic stops this week

February 10, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

About 3 pounds of marijuana was seized in separate traffic stops in Hagerstown this week, Hagerstown police said.

Charged in the incidents were Misti Marie Yates, 39, of 23 Doral Lane, Martinsburg, W.Va., and Ivan Augustus Ransome, 34, of 407 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, city police said.

Yates was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana and use of drug paraphernalia, according to police and Washington County District Court records.

Ransome was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and numerous traffic charges, police said.

The first seizure occurred Tuesday at 11:12 p.m. when Officer Jesse Duffey attempted to stop a white Range Rover at the intersection of Winter Street and Salem Avenue for a minor traffic violation, a news release said.

Duffey turned on his emergency lights and siren but the vehicle failed to pull over and went several more blocks, running a stop sign, the release said.

The Range Rover pulled into an alley near Franklin Street, and two males jumped out and fled, police said.

The driver, identified as Ransome, placed a brown bag containing about 2 pounds of marijuana in a trash can on Alexander Street, police said. He was apprehended by police.

In the other incident, Yates was charged after she turned from Baltimore Street onto Frederick Street at 12:34 a.m. Wednesday and failed to yield to city police Officers A. Lewis and T. Helman, who were also at the intersection, police said.

The 2006 Red Toyota Yates she was driving was stopped at Mill and Baltimore Streets, and a search of the car led to the discovery of about 1 pound of suspected marijuana and more than $5,000 in cash, police said.

When Lewis asked Yates about any marijuana, she initially referred to a "blunt," which is cigar paper containing pot, according to court records.   

She later said that "there is a pound of weed in my purse," the records said.

Although the woman was identified as Misti Marie Yates in a news release, she was identified as Misti Marie Clark in District Court records.

The woman had two West Virginia driver's licenses when she was stopped, one of which identified her as Misti Marie Yates and the other as Misti Marie Clark, the records said.

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