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Police say people smoking pot, doing taxes at Clay H&R Block

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Authorities say there was more going on at a Clay County H&R Block than tax filings.

The branch's district manager was arrested Monday after State Police received complaints people were smoking marijuana while doing taxes at the Main Street location.

"We got a call that there were people down at H&R Block in Clay doing drugs and doing taxes," said Trooper B.E. Young.

Cpl. R.R. Cervera and Trooper B.K. Smith looked in the windows of the office and saw a man and woman inside, later identified as Clarence Stone Jr., 40, of Lizemores, and Tisha Tanner, according to a complaint filed in Clay Magistrate Court.

Troopers knocked on the door. They say a stoned Stone greeted them. They immediately noticed the "heavy smell of marijuana burning" inside the business, Young said.

"When (Cervera) asked the guy if they were smoking marijuana he admitted they were," Young said.

Officers searched Stone and found a plastic bag containing what looked to be marijuana and a plastic bag containing suspected meth in his shirt pocket, the complaint said. Troopers found Tanner in a separate office and searched her as well. They then brought her to the front of the building.

They asked Tanner if she had any drugs or weapons in her car. She said she did not, but Stone told officers he had more marijuana in his coat in Tanner's car and at his parents' house in Indore, the complaint said.

Troopers went to Stone's parents' home and found another bag of marijuana.

Stone later told troopers some of the marijuana was homegrown. He said he planted about a dozen seeds behind his parents' house. Stone said he sold joints, several times in the past for a small amount of money.

Stone has nine years experience with the company, including two years of office management experience, according to the H&R Block website

Calls to the Clay branch office went unanswered. 

Young said Tanner was not charged. Stone was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, cultivation and simple possession of meth.

He was free on bond.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at or 304-348-4850.


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