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Two charged in drug case

By Staff | Feb 3, 2012


A routine traffic stop by Shepherdstown police officers in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 27 ended with two men charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

According to a police report, Officer Harper, a member of the town’s force, pulled over a black Volkswagen Jetta allegedly traveling at approximately 35 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Tyler Harris, age 20. Also in the vehicle was 19-year-old Christopher Law, of Martinsburg.

According to the police report, Officer Harper “smelled the odor of marijuana and alcohol omitting [sic] from the vehicle.” When asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, Harper’s report indicated both occupants advised there was nothing.

Harper proceeded to contact K-9 officer R.F. Cook to respond for a vehicle scan. Cook, along with his partner, Turk, performed the scan where Turk alerted to the odor of an illegal narcotic inside the vehicle, reports said.


The search of the vehicle produced “a marijuana smoking device, two (2) Hydrocodone pills which is a schedule III narcotic, and nine (9) Oxycodone pills which is a schedule II narcotic.”

Both Law and Harris were placed under arrest for intent to deliver a controlled substance schedule II and III. The two, according to the report, were transported to Shepherdstown Police Department for processing and then transported to Eastern Regional Jail until their arraignment. Both individuals have been released on bond.

Harris, a 2009 Kennedy Award winner, led South Charleston High School to AAA state championships in both 2008 and 2009. He was enrolled at Shepherd University to play football last fall.

University spokesperson Valerie Owens has indicated that Shepherd dropped Harris from the football program on Dec. 27, 2011.