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Weirton residents face drug charges after stop in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — Two Weirton residents are facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Martins Ferry on Sunday.

According to information provided by Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland, Jenard M. Young, 31, of 3429 Orchard St., Weirton and Craig D. Elmore, 32, of 3632 Orchard St., Weirton both were arrested on charges of possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs.

McFarland said an officer was performing traffic enforcement on Ohio Route 7 and stopped a 2012 Ford Fiesta. The vehicle, occupied by Young and Elmore, was traveling 72 mph in a 50 mph zone, he said.

“When the officer made contact with the occupants of the vehicle, a strong odor of burnt marijuana was coming from the vehicle,” McFarland said via news release on the matter. “After a search of the vehicle, officers located four plastic bags containing suspected cocaine. The weight of the cocaine was 152 grams.”

Both Young and Elmore were arrested and taken to the Belmont County Jail.

According to jail information, Elmore is being held on $40,000 in total bonds; that’s $20,000 for each charge. Young also is being held on $40,000 in total bonds.

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