CALDWELL — A Barnesville man already facing a felony, drug-related charge in Belmont County is now facing a felony drug possession charge in Noble County.
Harley M. Crowe, 25, is facing one count of possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony, filed in the Noble County Court earlier this week following a traffic stop.
Crowe was reportedly in possession of a plastic bag containing a crystal substance suspected to be methamphetamine.
In Belmont County, Crowe is scheduled to plead to a bill of information charging him with attempted possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony, during a Nov. 19 hearing. Crowe previously failed to appear on Nov. 5 for a plea hearing in the Belmont County Common Pleas Court.
Bond for Crowe was set at $2,500 with no 10 percent allowed in Noble County. He was free on a personal recognizance bond with numerous conditions set in Belmont County when the traffic stop occurred in Noble County.
According to the Noble County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from a vehicle driven by Crowe during a traffic stop.
The deputy was reportedly given permission by Crowe to search the vehicle. The deputy reported finding a plastic bag with marijuana leaves and a plastic bag that had been torn open that allegedly contained the suspected methamphetamine.
Deputies checked Crowe and a passenger for weapons and Crowe was taken into custody. The unidentified passenger was reportedly wanted on a warrant issued in Guernsey County, but he was out of the pickup radius.
The male passenger was later released after being questioned by deputies.
The case in Belmont County was filed on Oct. 12 following an alleged drug-related incident 11 days earlier. Additional information regarding the incident was not available as of press time.
Crowe remained incarcerated in the Noble County Jail as of press time. The traffic stop in Noble County remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.