Police net half pound of pot in drug arrest
by J.D. CHARLES, Staff Writer
Local police arrested two people accused of dealing drugs recently according to law enforcement reports and recovered a half-pound of marijuana and several pills in the bust.
Gary Edward Packo, 34, of Chapmanville, was arrested in Logan County by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.K. Harris for possession with intent to deliver, DUI, no registration and driving on a revoked license on March 5.
According to reports, on March 4, the trooper observed Packo make a wide turn onto State Route 10, allegedly crossing the double yellow line in a vehicle with a defective registration light and another turn without using his signal.
When pulled over, Packo allegedly admitted he had drank approximately six to seven beers and the report said he performed unsatisfactorily on field sobriety tests.
"A search incident to arrest led to the discovery of approximately (half a) pound of marijuana in the passenger compartment of the vehicle," the report states. "A (Division of Motor Vehicles) records check revealed he had two previous DUI convictions."
The vehicle reportedly had a defective windshield and was not insured.
The registration did not match the vehicle either, according to the report.
"Further investigation revealed the accused purchased the marijuana with the intent to distribute the substance, the report said.
Packo was booked at the Southwestern Regional Jail at 1:30 a.m.
Jeffrey Thomas Ammons, 27, of Riverview Mich., was arrested in Logan County by sheriff's deputies M.B. Carter, M.C. Sutherland, D.E. Brown and B.E. Ferrell for possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy and driving left of center.
According to police reports, the officers got a tip and made a traffic stop on a black Cadillac with Ohio tags, when they reportedly smelled marijuana smoke.
"Upon doing a quick Terry Frisk, the officers found a plastic bag of pills in the crotch area of the driver," the report states. "Inside the plastic bag was six oxycontin 80 mgs, 25 oxycontin 40 mgs, 51 oxycontin 60 mgs and 90 hydrocodone (pills). Upon continuing the patdown, the officers found another plastic bag in the crotch area of he driver with a green leafy vegetation believed to be marijuana."
The deputies were assisted by Patrolmen N.M. Tucker and D.T. Bryant of the Chapmanville Police Department on the arrest.
Ammons was booked at the regional jail at 1:15 a.m.
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