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Marijuana, PCP seized during Martinsburg traffic stop

Maurice Larnard Hough faces two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance

August 21, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police seized marijuana and “angel dust” Wednesday from an Inwood, W.Va., man in a traffic stop south of Martinsburg, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Maurice Larnard Hough, 28, of Matthew Court, was arraigned by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II on two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana and phencyclidine), the court records said.

The defendant was found in possession of $1,330 in cash, in addition to the drugs, which were packaged in multiple plastic baggies, according to a complaint filed by Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy R.L. Steerman Jr.

The weight of the drugs seized was not specified in Steerman’s complaint, but the deputy indicated that two small bags were seized, one containing what appeared to be marijuana and the other containing several baggies with a brown powder inside, records said.

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Known as PCP and angel dust, phencyclidine was developed in the 1950s as an anesthetic, but was never approved for human use because of problems during clinical studies, including intensely negative psychological effects, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse website.

— Matthew Umstead

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