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Martinsburg Police: More than 14 grams of cocaine seized from Hagerstown man

April 30, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police seized more than 14 grams of cocaine and $2,250 in cash from a Hagerstown man in Martinsburg Tuesday after he was stopped by an officer for allegedly failing to obey a traffic signal, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Mark C. Williams, 32, of Broadfording Road, was arraigned by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II on one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to court documents.

Police found three bundles of cash totaling $535 in the center console of the vehicle, $15 in his wallet and $1,700 in his left front pants pocket, police said.

In the console cup holder of the vehicle, police found 14.5 grams of cocaine in a sandwich bag, according to court documents.

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Martinsburg Police Department Cpl. J.L. Harper said in a criminal complaint that he stopped a vehicle in the 600 block of West King Street after the motorist drove straight through the intersection of Winchester Avenue and King Street while in the left-hand-only turn lane, according to court documents.

Harper said Williams appeared very nervous and was breathing heavily and shaking when Harper approached the vehicle, according to court documents.

When a second officer arrived, Harper had the defendant get out of the vehicle and police conducted a pat down of the man, which led to a large amount of cash being found in his pocket, according to court documents.

Police said the defendant then gave written consent to search the vehicle, according to court documents.

— Matthew Umstead

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