Sheriff's Deputies Seize 6 Pounds of Marijuana During Traffic Stop

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More than six pounds of marijuana was seized during a traffic stop in Cross Lanes Tuesday.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office STOP team made the bust.

According to a news release, Stephen Daniel Fleshman, 33, of Charleston, was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to deliver.

Sheriff's Deputies say Fleshman was pulled over at 11 a.m. Tuesday along Dewitt Road for "defective equipment."

According to the criminal complaint, once the officer realized Fleshman was driving on a suspended license he asked him to step out of his vehicle. Deputies say that's when they asked if they could search Fleshman's car and he became very nervous. Shortly later, a deputy K9 detected an odor on the driver door and trunk area of the car.

According to the criminal complaint, during the search of the vehicle deputies found a brown cardboard box in the trunk with six clear gallon size bags containing green vegetation.

Upon further testing it was determined the substance was marijuana, according to the complaint.

The bags weighed more than 6 pounds and has a street value of more than $27,000.

Fleshman was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver. He was arraigned on the charge Tuesday afternoon in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. The magistrate set his bond at $100,000.

If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

He's scheduled to be back in court on March 16 at 1:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing.

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