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Two separate busts leaves three men in jail

Two separate drug arrests early Friday morning have landed three men in North Central Regional Jail.

According to criminal complaints filed by Sergeant Z.T. Cooper of the Mon Metro Drug Task Force, on Dec. 10 the West Virginia State Police Special Response Team executed a search warrant at an apartment at 75 Wall Street in Morgantown.

The team found two males identified as Jessie Anthony Smith, 24, of Morgantown, and Brendan Marcellous Bragg, 27, of Morgantown, inside the apartment, according to the complaint.

During the search of the residence, a first aid kit was found in a common area of kitchen with over two ounces of fentanyl, over ten grams of cocaine base, and a digital scale, the complaint said.  Law enforcement also found cash in the kitchen, totalling over $1,600.

The two men have each been charged with possession with intent to deliver fentanyl, possession with intent to deliver cocaine base, and conspiracy.  

In a separate incident early Friday morning, Monongalia County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a silver GMC sport utility vehicle that was veering into and out of the oncoming lane of traffic, according to a criminal complaint.

Deputy Joshua Ward, who filed the complaint, said the driver of the vehicle, Jocelyn Mitchell, 32, of Morgantown and the passenger, Myron A. Manning, 24, of Warren, MI both appeared very nervous.

Ward said in the complaint that he spotted items in the car that are sometimes consistent with drug use, so he asked the pair to get out of the car while a K9 officer from the Morgantown Police Department was called to the scene.

When Manning stepped out of the vehicle, Ward said he began favoring his right hip area.  Deputies attempted to pat down Manning, but he began to resist and reach for the area of his waistband.  

The complaint said Manning had to be taken to the ground to secure his handcuffs, causing a large bag of controlled substances to fall from his jacket.  This was later found to be approximately one pound of methamphetamine.

Ward said a further search of Manning revealed, in total, around 1,314 grams of methamphetamine (approximately 2.89 pounds), 48 grams of heroin, 8 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, $2,610 cash, multiple cell phones, and a loaded 9 mm pistol with the serial number filed off.

The complaint said that Mitchell also admitted to being in possession of heroin and methamphetamine.  A small amount of both drugs were found in Mitchell’s purse and driver’s side of the vehicle.  She was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Manning was arrested and charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a Schedule I or 11 narcotic.  His bond was set at $100,000.  He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 21.

Bragg and Smith each have bonds set at $150,000.  Smith currently will have a preliminary hearing Dec. 21 and Bragg’s is set for the following day.

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