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WHITESVILLE — Three men were charged with possession with intent after a traffic stop in Whitesville on May 12 initiated by Police Chief Andrew White.

Raekwon Curtis Saunders, 21, of Huntington; Elijah Tariq Figg, 20, of Huntington; and Manuel Dean Williams, 44, of Lester, each face the felony charge.

White wrote in the resulting criminal complaint that he conducted a traffic stop on a blue Nissan Altima that was registered in Georgia after he observed it traveling so slowly it was “impeding the flow of traffic.”

White said in the report he saw Jones and Saunders switch to the back seat and he smelled the strong odor of marijuana as he approached the vehicle.

Deputy Dingess with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office and Trooper Moore with the West Virginia State Police arrived and assisted with a search of the vehicle and its four occupants. Three of the four occupants had a “large amount of U.S. currency” in their possession, according to the report. An officer recovered a .45 XD pistol from the floorboard of the vehicle. Saunders had an active warrant in Cabell County for drug possession, according to the report.

Dingess said he noticed a bag with white powder, believed to be cocaine, that was a larger amount than a user would possess, according to the report.

Saunders, who had allegedly been driving, had a suspended license, which is why he switched places with an occupant, according to the report.

As of CVN print deadline, only Williams was being held at Southwestern Regional Jail on a $25,000 property/surety bond.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.