Glenville man arrested after receiving two pounds of marijuana shipped from California

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A Glenville man has been arrested after law enforcement intercepted a package from California that contained about 2 pounds of marijuana, according to a press release issued Monday afternoon.

The Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit — which encompasses
the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Buckhannon Police Department, Braxton County Sheriff’s Department, and W.Va. State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations — executed a “controlled delivery” of the intercepted package and subsequently arrested Michael Florence.

“On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit … conducted a controlled delivery of a suspect parcel and subsequently executed a search warrant at the residence of Michael Florence located on Sycamore Run Road in Glenville,” according to the release. “This search warrant had stemmed from an incident involving an intercepted parcel being shipped from the State of California that was determined to contain approximately 2 pounds of marijuana.”

During the search, officers seized the marijuana, approximately $5,000 in U.S. currency, digital scales, two firearms and “a mailing label indicative of a previous parcel from the same out-of-state sender,” the release says.

Florence was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a Schedule I controlled substance, marijuana, and unauthorized possession of firearms by a person having a prior felony conviction.

“Defendants that are charged criminally are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law,” the release notes.