Traffic stop leads to police finding marijuana in man's prosthetic leg

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Wednesday afternoon an officer with Bridgeport's Drug Task Force was surveying a local hotel when a suspicious car pulled away. The officer pulled the car over and found 34-year-old James Jones and another passenger driving without licenses.

"The officers took it further and did a search of the vehicle and found some narcotics and cash, and took the male and female into custody," said Chief John Walker with the Bridgeport Police Department.

Jones and the woman were taken to the police department, where officers noticed something suspicious they had missed during the traffic stop.

"Once back at the police department, the male wanted to use the restroom and when the officer took him he discovered there was a bag of marijuana in his prosthetic leg."

Officers noticed a lump in Jones' lower pant leg, and Jones revealed to police he had a prosthetic leg and was using it to hide marijuana.

After the find, Jones admitted to police he was hoping to flush it down the toilet. However, that's not the only place he was trying to hide something.

"I'm not sure where the individual had it on his person, but he was also caught trying to hide a small amount of marijuana behind a computer in our processing room."

Chief Walker says this isn't the first time someone has tried to hide drugs from police, but it is definitely one of the most interesting.

"They conceal things in places you wouldn't believe. But this is the first I'm aware of that we had someone in custody who actually hid marijuana or other drugs in a prosthetic leg or anything of that nature."

Jones was caught with 14.5 grams of marijuana and almost 3 grams of possible meth that he told police was "just packaged rock salt". He is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a counterfeit substance.