Two Pittsburgh men have been charged following a traffic stop last Thursday in Clarksburg, when authorities found 600 stamps of heroin.
Nyzhon Bell, 18, and Jeremy Lyle, 20, were passengers in a vehicle that was stopped on Mulberry Avenue in Clarksburg, after the driver failed to use a signal to change lanes on Interstate 79, according to the Mountaineer Highway Interdiction Team.
The passenger in the backseat appeared nervous, according to the officer, and the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle was noticeable. The officer decided to search the vehicle and placed the backseat passenger in handcuffs, due to his behavior.
Both Bell and Lyle provided the officer with fake names, according to MHIT.
The officer asked Bell why he was acting nervous, and Bell told the officer he had a gun in his waistband. After finding the gun, the officer placed Bell in his cruiser.
Officers continued searching the vehicle and found a GoMart bag with 600 stamps of heroin packaged for sale on the backseat next to where Bell was seated.
Bell is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
According to Harrison County Assistant Prosecutor Laura Pickens, Bell is wanted out of Pennsylvania on charges of aggravated assault with a gun and possession of marijuana. However, Pickens successfully petitioned the court to dismiss the extradition proceedings, which means Bell will face his charges in West Virginia before being extradited back to Pennsylvania to face his charges there.
Officers also found marijuana in a cigarette pack wrapped in a blunt on Lyle’s person.
Lyle is charged with possession of marijuana and obstructing an officer.