Beckley police say they arrested a man after a vehicle pursuit that ended in a residential area, and a later search warrant of the suspect’s home turned up thousands of dollars in crack cocaine and five pounds of marijuana.

Norman Steven Powell, 24, of 108 Jennings St., Beckley, was charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, fleeing in a vehicle and driving with a suspended license. Other charges are pending, Detective Lt. Gant Montgomery said.

Because Powell was on parole at the time of his arrest, Montgomery explained, West Virginia Parole Services put a hold on Powell, and he will be held at Southern Regional Jail until authorities can conduct a parole hearing.

Around 1 p.m. Thursday, narcotics detectives received information that Powell would show up — with crack cocaine — at a car wash on Johnstown Road, Montgomery said. Montgomery, Detective Sgt. Jason McDaniel, Detective Sgt. Dean Bailey and Cpl. Will Reynolds all set up surveillance.

When Powell arrived, he parked in a car wash bay, Montgomery said. Reynolds approached the vehicle and opened the passenger-side door, but Powell immediately put the vehicle in reverse and took off.

Powell fled uphill and evaded Montgomery and McDaniel, who were in a vehicle, Montgomery said. Montgomery and McDaniel got behind Powell’s vehicle and a pursuit ensued. Powell fled on Vine Street, and police saw him throw a plastic bag appearing to contain narcotics out the window.

Eventually, Powell stopped his car at the corner of Vine Street and Sheridan Avenue, and was taken into custody, Montgomery said. McDaniel and Reynolds searched for the bag thrown, and McDaniel recovered a bag with about $400 in crack cocaine inside.

Montgomery, Bailey, McDaniel, Reynolds and Detective Sgt. David Allard later executed a search warrant at Powell’s residence, Montgomery said. Inside, they recovered about 39 grams of crack cocaine worth $3,900, about $5,500 in cash and 5 pounds of marijuana, worth about $5,000. Digital scales were also found.

Charges related to the search warrant are pending.

The pursuit, Montgomery noted, mostly took place in a residential area with a 25 mph speed limit. Although he said Powell drove “very recklessly,” he was not able to reach high rates of speed because of icy roads and his vehicle had trouble because of road conditions.

— E-mail: apridemore@register-herald.com

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