Man hides drugs while in police cruiser

By Owen Wells - [email protected]


CORA, W.Va. — After finding a car parked down an alley in the Cora area of Logan County, Trooper T.J. Hannon, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), made a felony arrest on Jalen McCants, 22, of Holden, W.Va.

In the evening of June 26, Hannon reports he was performing routine patrols when he came upon a vehicle with two occupants parked in the middle of the roadway down a back alley in Cora.

Upon approaching the vehicle, Hannon reports he found Jalen McCants to be a passenger and adds he could detect the odor of marijuana within the vehicle.

Hannon reports he was informed by WVSP Communications that McCants had active warrants from Kanawha and Logan counties; McCants was subsequently arrested on those warrants.

While transporting McCants, Hannon notes McCants repeatedly rose up and out of his seat seemingly attempting to hide something.

When asked what he was doing, McCants allegedly uttered he had stuffed marijuana, pain pills and crack cocaine in his pants and his anus.

During a search, Hannon reports he was able to locate crack cocaine packaged in a way that is indicative of distribution, 11 pills and a small about of marijuana.

The crack cocaine was identified by a field test kit and the pain pills were later found to be 10mg hydrocodone.

Hannon adds he was able to obtain a mirandized written statement from McCants stating he previously obtained 10 grams of crack cocaine and had sold the bulk of it making around $200.

McCants is charged with felony counts possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

If he is found guilty of all charges, McCants could be forced to spend between 2.5 and 30.5 years in state correctional facility and pay up to $51,000 in fines.

Bail was set to $25,000 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 or by email at [email protected]

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

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