UPDATE: Mistrial declared in Michigan man's drug case

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 01/25/18 4 p.m.

A Michigan man scheduled to stand trial on drug charges in Wood Court Circuit Court this week had his case delayed because of problems selecting a jury.

Rodrick Moore, 38, is now scheduled to stand trial on March 20 in Judge Jason Wharton’s courtroom.

A spokesman for the Wood County prosecuting attorney's office says a mistrial was declared because not enough jurors were available to be seated after being questioned by attorneys.

Moore is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, transporting into the state a controlled substance greater than 100 grams with intent to deliver and and conspiracy to commit possession of greater than 100 grams of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Another drug-possession charged was dismissed during Wednesday's court proceedings.

Moore is one of four people arrested in July after police found roughly $17,000 worth of heroin in their car after a traffic stop on Interstate 77.

Earlier this week, Keiyerra Patterson and Damon James of Michigan and Shantell Kirk of California each pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

They’re scheduled to be sentenced in March.


One of four people arrested in July after police found roughly $17,000 worth of heroin in their car after a traffic stop is scheduled to go on trial Wednesday in Wood County Circuit Court.

Rodrick Moore's is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, transporting into the state a controlled substance greater than 100 grams but less than 1,000 grams with intent to deliver and conspiracy to transport into the state a controlled substance greater than 100 grams but less than 1,000 grams with intent to deliver.

The trial is scheduled in Judge Jason Wharton's court.

Three other people arrested on Interstate 77 along with Moore pleaded guilty in Judge's Wharton's courtroom on Wednesday.

Keiyerra Patterson, James Damon and Shantell Kirk each pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

They could be sentenced to one to five years in prison. They’re scheduled to be sentenced on March 26.


Local police departments in Wood County and the prosecutor's office are teaming up as part of a renewed effort to prevent drugs from coming to the Mid-Ohio Valley.

it's called an interdiction team. It's made up of the Vienna, Williamstown and Parkersburg police departments, along with the Wood County Sheriff's Office. The Wood County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is also involved.

Friday, the team had its first arrest since it put its tactics into place.
Four people from out-of-state were pulled over during a traffic stop on I-77 by milemarker 178.

Rodrick Moore, James Damon, Keiyerra Patterson and Shantell Kirk were arrested. All four are charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver and Transporting a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.

When authorities searched the car, they reportedly found six ounces of suspected heroin. That's about $17,000 worth of drugs.

The group apparently admitted that the two women in car hid some of it inside their bodies when they got pulled over. Moore, Damon and Patterson are all from Michigan, while Kirk is from California.

"This program is designed to stop the people bringing the drugs into Wood County or traveling through Wood County with large quantities of drugs," said Pat Lefebure, Wood County Prosecuting Attorney.

"Chief Martin and I had discussed this in late November that there was a need for the interdiction team and to try to get some of the drug off the streets by getting it before it gets to the street," said Sheriff Steve Stephens, Wood County Sheriff's Office.

"The more that we work together, the closer we work together the end result will always be better than it was before," said Chief Joseph Martin, Parkersburg Police Department.

The interdiction team will also work hand-in-hand with the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force.



 
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