Two facing marijuana charges hoped to 'make enough money to smoke for free'
By Alex Bridges -- firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- A Shenandoah University student and his roommate had a business plan -- make enough money selling marijuana to smoke some for free, according to court documents.
Trace Nolan Rossi, 19, of Virginia Beach, and Robert Dennis Obrien, 20, of Fallston, Md., remain free on bond, each charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Winchester police officer B.M. Schultz arrested Rossi and Obrien at their dorm building in the 600 block of Millwood Avenue on Tuesday, and seized suspected marijuana and paraphernalia, including scales and bags often used for distribution, according to documents in General District Court.
Each student faces up to 12 months in jail if convicted.
Schultz went to the dorm building and made contact with Obrien and Rossi as well as a university security officer outside the dorm room. The security officer handed the officer a green cooler and, when asked what it contained, both students said marijuana, according to a criminal complaint. Schultz states he opened the cooler and found three separate bags inside, each containing 1 gram of marijuana; two multi-colored smoking devices; a scale; and several plastic baggies "for packaging."
Both men gave consent to search the room, and the officer states he found $231 with 1 gram of marijuana and plant stems in a green bottle. Schultz indicates he read each suspect the Miranda rights and then asked the men about the items found.
"Both men stated that they were selling the marijuana to people they knew," Schultz states in the complaint. "Rossi stated he got about 27.99 grams for $400 near Virginia Beach. Rossi stated that him and Obrien packaged the marijuana in 1-gram bags and sold them individually for $25 a piece.
"Both males stated that they had sold the marijuana so they could make enough money to smoke for free," the complaint states.
Documents indicate Rossi works at the university theater box office while Obrien is a sophomore at the university.