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January 11, 2014

Two face charges involving cocaine

Arrests are made by county deputies

FAIRMONT — Marion County deputies have arrested a Wisconsin man for possession of cocaine.

Franklin J. Jones, 39, of Racine, Wis., was stopped Jan. 7 for a traffic violation.

According to the complaint, Deputy Jeremy Evans with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department stopped a vehicle on Interstate 79 for going 83 mph in a 70-mph zone.

The complaint says the driver gave consent to search the vehicle, and Jones, who was a passenger, seemed nervous and was asked to exit the vehicle. Behind the passenger’s front seat was a stuffed animal that contained two baggies of cocaine — one weighed 4.6 grams and the other weighed 2.4 grams, according to the complaint. The defendant also had more than $400 in his pocket.

Jones was charged with possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, said Chief Deputy Ralph Wright of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

Wright said Jones was getting his cocaine from family members in Mississippi.

Deputies also arrested Jacqueline Ganaway, 25, of Fairmont, on Jan. 7 for conspiracy to commit a felony, possession and intent to deliver cocaine.

Wright said Ganaway was letting Jones “set up shop” in her house.

Deputies executed and obtained a search warrant for the home and, upon searching the house, found approximately 57 grams of cocaine.

Jones and Ganaway are being held at North Central Regional Jail.

Conviction of possession of a controlled substance brings a sentence of not less than one year nor more than 15 years in a state correctional facility, a fine of no more than $25,000, or both.

• A Michigan man was arrested Jan. 8 for conspiracy to deliver marijuana.

Twaun Coakley, 40, of Michigan, was arrested following a controlled buy set up by the sheriff’s department.

According to the criminal complaint, Coakley met a confidential source to deliver an amount of marijuana, which is a Schedule I controlled substance. He was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony.

Wright said Coakley was bringing medical-grade marijuana from Michigan to sell in West Virginia. He added that the sheriff’s department is still looking for one person in connection with the case.

Coakley is being held at North Central Regional Jail.

Conviction of conspiracy brings a sentence of one to five years in a state correctional facility, a fine of no more than $10,000, or both.

“There are outstanding guys working day and night to keep stuff like this from happening, and law enforcement is out there looking for illegal drug use,” Wright said.

Email Kristen Talerico at ktalerico@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @KTalericoTWV.

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