Teen jailed for array of drugs, guns


BUCKHANNON — A local teen remains jailed after authorities discovered a cornucopia of drugs and a stolen gun in his possession Monday night. Joseph David Quici, age 18, reportedly stands accused of multiple charges, including firearms violations, child neglect, possession with intent to deliver and the delivery of a controlled substance. 

The criminal complaint stated a dark colored car was observed parked outside the residence of 100 Hall Road in Buckhannon by Deputy Tyler Gordon. This address has allegedly been the source of many citizen complaints concerning the distribution of controlled substances for several weeks, according to the report. Gordon later noticed the same car heading westbound on US Route 33 and observed the suspect straddling the white dotted line at a speed varying between 60 to 70 mph. The officer described the suspect’s driving as erratic and conducted a traffic stop near the BFS gas station. 

Upon making contact with the driver, the officer said he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. The driver was identified as Bradley J. Smith. Gordon conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle to find an electronic smoking device typically used to consume THC oil inserts, as well as finding a box on the rear driver’s side floorboard labeled “DANK LEMON HEAD (THC 91.23%).” The driver reportedly told the officer that Joey Quici had just recently sold him the THC vape insert for the amount of $40. The officer obtained a search warrant to go further examine the residence.

Around midnight, Gordon and a team of officers from the WV State Police and Buckhannon City Police executed the search warrant for 100 Hall Road. During this search, Gordon reportedly found approximately 166.6 grams of green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, 105 ct. of one gram pre-rolled joints of suspected marijuana dipped in THC oil, 14 “Pot of Gold” THC vape inserts, one 1,000 mg Indica THC extract, 22 1,000 mg Sativa “Sour Tangie” THC extract, five 1,000 mg Hybrid “Cookies” THC extract, seven 1,000 mg Hybrid “Strawbana” THC extract, two digital scales, large amounts of packaging materials and approximately $3,500 in US currency. Two sets of two $20 bills, folded into $40 per set, were found on a bed. A white powdery substance, believed to be cocaine, was also found in the accused’s top dresser drawer.

Continuing the search, the officer discovered an AR style .22 rifle in the living room, a 20-gauge shotgun, and two handguns in Quici’s bedroom.  Court documents said two other handguns were also found in the kitchen, where both occupants of the house ran to as the officers entered the residence. The accused inhabits the house with his younger brother, who is a 17-year-old juvenile. The complaint further stated that Quici did intentionally and recklessly cause significant risk of injury or death to the juvenile residing at the residence and put him in danger of multiple types of controlled substances, loaded firearms and the dangers of selling illegal drugs.

Quici was transported to Tygart Valley Regional Jail early Tuesday morning, where he remains. Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond set in the amount of $250,000 and Quici must comply with drug/alcohol testing upon release.

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