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February 8, 2013

Charlestown man arrested during traffic stop

CHARLESTOWN — The passenger in a vehicle was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop made by Charlestown police last week.

Zakary Wayne Morgan, 26, of 2202 Tunnel Mill Rd. in Charlestown, was charged in Clark County Circuit Court No. 2. with D felony possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

The officer conducted the stop about 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 after the vehicle was seen failing to stop at a stop sign.

The officer noted in the police report that the vehicle traveled a considerable distance before coming to a stop.

The driver of the vehicle, Joshua Darnley, told the officer he waited to pull over until he was underneath the light of a street lamp because he didn’t trust the police and feared an officer would shoot him.

The officer reported he found Morgan to be acting nervous, and he called for assistance from other officers.

A Charlestown police K-9 unit arrived, and the dog conducted an exterior search of the vehicle.

Both occupants were asked to step out of the vehicle, and Morgan gave officers permission to search his person.

During a search of Morgan, the officer reported finding an empty Marlboro cigarette package in a hole just above his jacket’s right pocket.

“Inside the cigarette pack was one hypodermic needle with residue inside of it along with the plunger section of another syringe,” the officer wrote in the report.

The officer also found a piece of aluminum foil in the cigarette pack.

An elastic band and a spoon with a piece of brown paper towel wrapped around the end of it was also found by police.

Morgan was placed in police custody and taken to the Charlestown Police Department where he refused to speak with police without an attorney present.

Police reported that while further examining the paper-towel wrapped spoon, a clear, plastic capsule was found in the wrapping.

The capsule had a white, powdery substance in between the edges that come together, according to the police report, and the spoon was found to have burnt residue on the bottom of it with what appeared to be residue on its top side.

Darnley denied to police any knowledge of the items Morgan had in his possession. He was given a written warning for failing to stop at the stop sign and released.

During a hearing Tuesday, a not guilty plea was entered on Morgan’s behalf and a public defender was appointed to his defense. A court-cash bond of $5,000 was set.

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