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W.Va. police seize 20 pounds of marijuana that was shipped to Inwood

October 22, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police seized a package containing about 20 pounds of marijuana Saturday that was shipped to Inwood, W.Va., from Arizona via the United States Postal Service, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Sheila Jean Stevens, 40, of 82 Preschool Lane, who signed for the package, was arraigned Saturday by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on single counts of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and conspiracy, according to court documents.

Police were told Friday by the United States Postal Service that the package was suspicious and a West Virginia State Police K-9 subsequently “alerted” the dog’s handler when the canine was taken to examine it, according to court documents.

Authorities then obtained a federal search warrant to open the package and discovered about 20 pounds of marijuana inside before resealing it, according to court documents.

On Saturday, members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the State Police established surveillance positions around Stevens’ residence when the package was about to be delivered by a postal inspector, according to court documents.

The inspector obtained a Postal Service vehicle and uniform to make the delivery, according to court documents.

The package was recovered unopened, according to court documents.

— Matthew Umstead

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