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Clay County man arrested for marijuana possession and intent to distribute

Shop at AmazonThe following news release has been issued by Clay County Sheriff’s Office.  All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On Friday evening, February 28, Deputy Mark Dingman arrested a man for possession of approximately a half of a pound of marijuana.

At about 8:30 pm, Deputy Dingman received a “be on the lookout” notice for a wanted suspect driving a green mini-van.

Deputy Dingman met a vehicle matching that description and also noticed a tail-light violation and made a traffic stop on the green mini van.  The deputy was familiar with the driver, who gave a false name and stated that he did not have his license with him.

Upon investigation, it was discovered that the driver of the mini-van was 36 year old Mark Coffelt and his driver’s license was under revocation as he was wanted by the State of Georgia.

Coffelt was asked if he had any drugs in the vehicle. Coffelt allegedly told Deputy Dingman that he did not.  Upon searching the vehicle, the officer discovered a backpack in the van and reached for it.  At that point, the suspect stated that he had lied and that there was 4 or 5 ounces of marijuana in the backpack. Upon searching the backpack, Deputy Dingman found a large, clear, plastic bag containing the marijuana.

Coffelt was arrested and transported to the Clay County Sheriff’s office where the marijuana was weighed and Coffelt was charged with Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Maintain a vehicle/dwelling/place for drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Because of the amount of marijuana, Coffelt’s bond was set at $20,000 cash or secured and a court date of March 4, 2014 was set as a first appearance.

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