Pre-trial testimony heard in ex-deputy’s drug case

Register Herald – Attorneys questioned a former parole officer Friday before Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge John Hutchison, in a continued pretrial hearing of a former Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office deputy who is accused of drug trafficking.

Marquel Dangelo Ali, 26, a former deputy and athlete who had played football for Woodrow Wilson High School and Marshall University, was arrested in June 2015 after officers who were tracking, via GPS, Ali’s cousin and co-defendant, Jerrell Maurice Johnson, 27, pulled over Ali’s vehicle and discovered marijuana and cocaine inside the car.

Johnson was a passenger in Ali’s car at the time, according to police statements.

Both men were charged with two counts of possession of controlled substances (marijuana and cocaine) with intent to deliver and two counts of conspiracy.

Redden said he and West Virginia State Police Cpl. K.L. Pack of the drug task force idled in separate vehicles in a car wash parking lot and watched Ali’s car pass on Hubbard Street toward Robert C. Byrd Drive. From his car, Redden was speaking with Toler on one cell phone and with officers on a second phone, he testified. After Toler had verified that Johnson was in Ali’s car, police followed the vehicle to a local fast food restaurant, pulling it over once Ali had been served at a drive-thru window.

“Mr. Johnson was my responsibility,” testified Redden. “So I had nothing to do with Mr. Ali.”

Redden said he went to the passenger side where Johnson sat. Ali was in the driver’s seat. When he opened the door, he could smell a heavy odor of marijuana, he testified. He could not smell food.

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