In Charleston, West Virginia, Patrolman S.W. Miller pulled over a silver Chrysler minivan after he smelled the scent of marijuana wafting from the vehicle. After approaching the vehicle, Miller learned that the occupants, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church minister Jim O’Connor and substance abuse counselor Michael Joseph Deegan, had been smoking marijuana while driving with the windows rolled down, thus accounting for the strong odor. When he proceeded to search the vehicle, Miller uncovered a small black bag containing 73 grams [about 2.5 ounces] of marijuana.
According to state law, possession of more than 15 grams of a controlled substance is a felony, and after a later search of Deegan’s personal possessions yielded an additional 152 grams, both O’Conner and Deegan were placed under arrest. In addition to the legal ramifications he faces, O’Connor also faces discipline from the Church. Late Monday, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced that until their own private investigation into the matter is complete, O’Connor is suspended from his duties within the priesthood.
[Source: Charleston Daily Mail]