Fairmont man arrested on drug charge after complaint about stolen license plate

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IDAMAY, W.Va. – The Marion County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man on a drug charge in Idamay.

On May 22, a deputy was investigating a stolen license plate complaint at Parkridge Manor.  After finding the plate on a car in the parking lot, the deputy learned that the plate had been previously entered as stolen, according to a criminal complaint.  The person who made the complaint then told the deputy that the man who drives the car in question lived in an apartment at the manor.

The deputy went to the apartment and spoke with a woman who stated that her boyfriend, Charles Bell Jr., 22, drives the car in question.  She also told the deputy that only she and her two small children were there, but the sheriff’s department was welcome to search the apartment, according to a criminal complaint.

As deputies went inside, one of the children stated that Bell was hiding in the back bedroom, according to the sheriff’s department.  Deputies said they found Bell and detained him and the woman.  A deputy stated that he saw a clear, plastic bag containing a leafy, green substance underneath where Bell had been before being detained, according to a criminal complaint.

Near Bell, deputies found a backpack with an open front compartment.  In plain view inside that compartment, deputies said they found several dozen small, clear zip top bags.  Bell stated that the green, leafy substance was marijuana, according to a criminal complaint.

Bell also had an active arrest warrant through the Fairmont Police Department.

Bell is charged with possession with intent to distribute.  He is in North Central Regional Jail.

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