Man facing felony drug count

FAIRMONT — A Kiester man has been charged with a felony in Martin County.

Jeth Mitchell Poland, 20, is charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On March 24, a Fairmont police officer observed a black Chrysler 300 with heavy front-end damage and no front license plate traveling the wrong way on Downtown Plaza, which is a one-way street. The officer initiated a traffic stop and approached the driver’s side.

The officer observed the driver’s window had tape across it to support it being held up. The driver, later identified as Poland, opened the door and handed the officer an insurance card. He said he did not have a driver’s license with him. The officer observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Poland and his female passenger said they had smoked marijuana before they were driving. Later, Poland admitted there were about 15 “dab cartridges” in the trunk of the vehicle. “Dab cartridges” refers to concentrated THC.

The vehicle was searched and officers discovered a plastic bag containing 19 1-gram cartridges of marijuana.

Another officer advised Poland of his rights. During an interview, Poland admitted he and his passenger smoked marijuana about 30 minutes prior to being stopped. Poland also admitted that the “dabs” had been in his vehicle for about three weeks and he had purchased them for about $1,000. A search online advertised the brand of marijuana wax cartridges discovered as having a 95.1 percent THC concentration.