Drug busts turn up marijuana and heroin
Two drug busts in Morgan County last week turned up illegal drugs with a street value of around $25,000, said Investigator Tony Link of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.
The Sheriff's Department's SWAT team seized nine marijuana plants in a drug raid at a home on Harmison Lane in Morgan County on Wednesday night, July 25.
The marijuana plants were found growing outside in the yard, one behind the house and the rest along the tree line, said Link.
A baggie containing around a quarter-ounce of marijuana and two to three grams of marijuana that was being dried were also confiscated, he said. Police also found paraphernalia such as smoking devices and manual scales for weighing the drug, said Link.
No arrests have been made. Link said they would ask for indictments from the Grand Jury in September.
Corporal T.J. Johnson obtained the search warrant for the home, said Link. SWAT team members Chief Deputy Vince Shambaugh, Corporal Seth Place and Deputy Scott Lemon and Link were assisted at the scene by Corporal T.J. Johnson, Deputy C. Cobern and West Virginia State Trooper J.C. McDonald.
Another drug bust
The Sheriff's Department received a tip that a man for whom they had outstanding warrants for arrest was traveling on Route 9 West through the county.
Link made the traffic stop for Joseph Mark Adams, age 28, who was wanted for worthless checks, petit larceny and other charges. The deputy said he just pulled the vehicle over and no chase was involved.
After Link secured Adams in handcuffs, he asked the female driver of the vehicle, Tabatha Lynn Younker, age 26, for consent to search the vehicle.
Link found 13 clear capsules containing a brownish substance in Younker's purse. The capsules field-tested positive for heroin, he said.
Younker said that the drugs weren't hers and Adams admitted that the capsules belonged to him, said Link. Some $122 in cash was also found in the search and confiscated as evidence.
Link received Younker's verbal consent to search her home, which was located at 127 Mourning Dove Lane in Great Cacapon.
Police found drug paraphernalia and empty capsules that were filled with residue at Younker's home. Nothing was found to indicate manufacturing, Link said.
Both Adams and Younker were charged with possession of a controlled substance. Magistrate Kermit Ambrose handled their arraignments.
Adams was released on $7500 bond. Younker was released on a personal recognizance bond. No date has been set for their preliminary hearing.