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Berkeley County man charged following largest marijuana seizure in county history

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Berkeley County man is facing charges after authorities conducted one of the largest drug seizures in the county’s history.

Jamie Lewis Jean, of Bunker Hill, has been charged with the cultivation of marijuana and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm related to a search last week.

Berkeley County Sheriff Nathan Harmon said Thursday a Baker Heights property owner alerted authorities about someone growing marijuana on his land. The county’s Accelerated Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team found 15 plants in the area, and authorities put out trail cameras to track the person responsible.

Authorities identified Jean on April 29 and searched his residence the following day; they found approximately 27 pounds of processed marijuana.

An additional search on May 1 of another property resulted in the seizure of another 80 pounds of processed marijuana. Authorities in total recovered 382 marijuana plants, 107 pounds of processed marijuana, two pistols, four grams of methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms and $2,000.

“What you see in front of you, and we went back as far as the ’70s, is the largest drug seizure in Berkeley County as it pertains to marijuana,” Harmon said.

Jean is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail.

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