2017-05-17 / Front Page

Va. man charged with drug offense after marijuana seized

by Kate Shunney

Police arrested a Virginia man in Berkeley Springs on Saturday and seized upwards of $30,000 worth of marijuana product from his vehicle.

Zachary Q. Campbell, 24, of Woodbridge was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance after a traffic stop on May 13 at the intersection of U.S. 522 and Martinsburg Road.

Patrolman Tony Link of the Berkeley Springs Police Department had received a report of Campbell’s erratic driving from Morgan County Sheriff KC Bohrer, who was traveling on U.S. 522 in his personal vehicle.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court, Bohrer alerted Link after noticing Campbell behind him on U.S. 522, swerving and tailgating.

Link stopped Campbell’s vehicle after seeing him following another car too closely. Campbell allegedly was slow to provide a license to the officer, and his speech was slow, Patrolman Link noted.

Campbell allegedly confirmed that he had marijuana in the vehicle after the officer detected the odor of the drug, but didn’t agree to a search of his Chevy Cruz.

Patrolman Link deployed his K-9 partner, who was alerted to presence of drugs in the car, the complaint said. A search of the car turned up a grinder with a green leafy substance, a small packet believed to be marijuana wax and a can of THC – the active chemical compound found in marijuana.

Due to a strong odor in the trunk area, Patrolman Link then searched that part of the vehicle. He found a U.S. mail package with Campbell’s first name and initial on it, the criminal complaint alleged. Inside were numerous packages of marijuana wax, a cannabis concentrate that can be smoked or used in a vaporizer.

Police weighed the drug and said they seized 776 grams of the wax, which sells for between $40 and $80 per gram. That puts the street value of the drugs found to be between $31,000 and $62,000.

Campbell is free on a $10,000 bond.

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