UPDATE: Intercepted Package of Marijuana Leads to Arrest

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UPDATE 3/21/14 @ 6:30 p.m.
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Anthony Keller, 33, is being charged with possession with intent to deliver after police found him with more than $25,000 in marijuana, and thousands more in other drugs like LSD and Xanax.

They also found $22,000 in cash. Police say this is profit from the past nine months of dealing from his Huddelston Avenue home in Barboursville.

He apparently had a clientele of about 20 people and sold around a pound of marijuana a week, according to West Virginia State Police.

Thursday night, a trooper acting as a Fed Ex employee delivered a package that contained more than two pounds of marijuana to the home.

Keller admitted he got the drugs from a farm in Colorado where he used to work. He's been receiving shipments from a friend, he told investigators.

Colorado legalized marijuana in 2012, but shipping it to states where it hasn't been legalized is still against the law.

"You open Pandora's Box of legalizing marijuana. You can see what it does. Colorado, yes it's reaping the tax revenue benefits from this, $100 million plus in tax revenue. But you look at the marijuana that is being sold illegally, and tarnishing this state's name," West Virginia State Police Trooper W.G. Hash said.

Police are also working to file the appropriate charges against the man in Colorado who sent the package



ORIGINAL STORY 3/20/14 @ 10:20 p.m.
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A man State Police say is a drug dealer had some unexpected company Thursday evening.

Troopers intercepted a package containing about 2 and a half pounds of marijuana that was being sent to a home on Huddleston Street in Barboursville.

They delivered a search warrant to the house instead.

"I don't think he was expecting it," Sgt. G.N. Losh said.

Inside they found more marijuana, LSD, pills, and $22,000 in cash.

They arrested Nathan Keller and charged him with possession with intent to deliver.

Troopers say Keller has faced the same charge once before.

State Police say this batch of marijuana came from Colorado, and it's at least the second marijuana bust they've had with drugs from that state since it was legalized there.

Barboursville Police assisted in the arrest.


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