Logan County man charged with smuggling drugs in SWRJ


A Logan County man was arrested Oct. 20 after he was found sleeping in his vehicle near a local business.

Trooper First Class T.D. Boggs, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), reports he was dispatched to a report of a suspicious vehicle near a business in West Logan.

Upon his arrival, Boggs reportedly found a man without his seatbelt on sleeping in the driver side of a vehicle.

Boggs reports he had to knock on the window several times to get the man to wake up.

After the driver, John Anthony Dardi, 46, of Stollings, W.Va., woke up, Boggs reports he conducted a pat down for officer safety.

During the pat down, Boggs reports he found a clear plastic pill bottle containing a clear plastic bag.

The bag contained a green, leafy substance believed to be approximately 10 grams of marijuana.

While checking Dardi’s information through WVSP Communications, Boggs was informed Dardi’s license had been suspended for unpaid citations.

Dardi was also reportedly unable to provide Boggs with proof of insurance.

Boggs then placed Dardi under arrest and transported him to the Southwestern Regional Jail in Holden, W.Va.

While being processed into the facility, Correctional Officer R. Lambert reportedly conducted another search of Dardi’s person.

During his search, Lambert reportedly located a small plastic bag containing a leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

Dardi allegedly admitted to Boggs the substance was, indeed, marijuana.

The second bag of marijuana reportedly recovered from Dardi weighed two grams.

Dardi reportedly stated he had forgotten about the second bag of marijuana in his pocket.

Dardi is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana, driving on suspended license, failing to wear a seatbelt and not having proof of insurance.

After the second bag containing marijuana was allegedly found during Dardi’s processing at the Southwestern Regional Jail, a separate warrant was issued for Dardi on the felony charge of transporting drugs into a detention facility.

If Dardi is found guilty on all charges, he could be forced to spend between 2.5 and 10.5 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $11,525 in fines.

Bond was set to $15,000 in Logan County Magistrate Court.

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By Owen Wells

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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

 

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