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Three Berkeley County men charged in connection with marijuana seizure

October 09, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police seized more than 170 marijuana plants from a Bunker Hill, W.Va., residence Friday and arrested three Berkeley County men in connection with the drug bust, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Charles R. Dugan, 51, and his son, Dustin D. Dugan, 26, both of 11635 Winchester Ave., Bunker Hill, were arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on single counts of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, distribution of marijuana and conspiracy, according to court documents.

Jamie Lewis Jeans, 48, of 11 Vivian Drive, Inwood, W.Va., was arraigned on one count of cultivation of marijuana second offense, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and two counts of conspiracy, according to court documents.

Jeans, who pleaded guilty last month to cultivation of marijuana in Berkeley County Circuit Court, is being held without bond because his probation was revoked, according to court documents. Jeans was placed on probation for three years for the prior conviction, according to court documents.

In the previous cultivation case, marijuana was discovered at his residence after it was destroyed by a fire, according to court documents.

In the case involving the Dugans, Jeans is accused of partnering with Charles Dugan to grow the marijuana and police were told that they were going to split the crop 50/50 after it was harvested in the first weeks of this month, according to court documents.

In addition to the plants found hung up to dry in an outbuilding Friday, police found two boxes at Charles Dugan’s residence that each contained about a pound of marijuana, according to court documents.

Prior to the drug seizure, a confidential informant told police that Charles Dugan bragged about growing enough marijuana to produce about 80 pounds of the dried plant, according to court documents.

In a recorded conversation last month, police said Charles Dugan indicated they were growing the marijuana outside and would harvest it in the first weeks of October, according to court documents.

Police said the informant was given a sample of the marijuana last week and was told that the Dugans were about to harvest the remaining plants, according to court documents.

After the informant left the Dugans’ residence, the defendants also left the home and traveled north on U.S. 11 before pulling into a wooded area near the railroad tracks in Bunker Hill, according to court documents.

They returned a short time later to their residence, according to court documents.

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