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Big Stone Gap man facing drug charge

January 31st, 2013 6:59 am by Wes Bunch

GATE CITY — A Big Stone Gap man was arrested by Gate City police this weekend after a K9 officer allegedly detected marijuana in the vehicle he was riding in.

Michael Landon Raboin, 28, 1126 Washita Ave., Big Stone Gap, was taken into custody by the Gate City Police Department and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Raboin allegedly told authorities that he is unemployed and he planned to use the proceeds made from selling the marijuana to pay bills.

Raboin is being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield on a $2,500 bond.

According to Gate City Police Chief Kim Birchfield, a traffic stop happened around 11:15 p.m. Saturday after an officer reportedly saw the vehicle Raboin was in swerve three times across the center line of U.S. 23.

A certified K9 officer from the Weber City Police Department was called in to assist with the stop and reportedly alerted authorities to the presence of narcotics.

Authorities allegedly discovered a plastic bag under Raboin’s seat that contained five ounces of marijuana. Raboin reportedly told officers that the drugs belonged to him and that the other passengers in the car were unaware he had it.

Raboin also reportedly told authorities that he had purchased the marijuana in the parking lot of a Kingsport business and intended to sell it in Big Stone Gap to make money to pay bills.

Raboin is currently on probation for distributing marijuana and is a three-time convicted felon, Birchfield said.

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