Two Michigan Men Arrested with Cannabis in West Virginia Traffic Stop

April 9th, 2024 Legal & Crime
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Two individuals from Michigan were apprehended in Morgantown, West Virginia, following the discovery of illegal substances in their vehicle during a nighttime traffic stop. This incident underscores not only the ongoing issues of drug transportation across state lines but also highlights the likely Michigan origin of the cannabis found.

The event unfolded in the early hours of April 8th, when Deputy Noah Thompson of Monongalia County noticed a Chrysler minivan, bearing Pennsylvania license plates, navigating Chestnut Street without its taillights activated. Upon halting the vehicle around 12:30 a.m., Deputy Thompson identified the occupants as Quantrez Gibson, 26, from Sterling Heights, Michigan, and Deante B. Hurt, 27, from Detroit, Michigan.

Further investigation led to a probable cause search of the minivan, which unearthed more than 40 oxycodone pills alongside over 30 packages of cannabis. Given Michigan's status as a state with legalized cannabis, the origin of the cannabis seized is believed to likely be Michigan, pointing to a cross-state transportation attempt.

In addition to the drugs, Gibson and Hurt were found in possession of $1,600, primarily in $20 and $100 denominations, and several cell phones, hinting at the broader scope of their activities.

Deante B. Hurt is no stranger to the legal system in Monongalia County, having faced multiple arrests previously. Notably, in September 2023, he was indicted by a grand jury on charges including device fraud, grand larceny, and conspiracy. Subsequent charges against him in December 2023 and March 2024 related to possession with intent and conspiracy to deliver controlled substances, from which he was released upon posting substantial bonds totaling $200,000.

Following their latest encounter with the law, both Gibson and Hurt were arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court, securing their release on $50,000 bonds each. They are slated for preliminary hearings on April 18th, as the legal process continues to unfold.

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