By Alex Bridges -- firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- Authorities accused a local man of keeping marijuana and trying deal the drug from a Shenandoah University dorm room in November.
A grand jury on Thursday indicted Joshua Dix Colbert, 22, of 1460 University Drive, Winchester, in Frederick County Circuit Court on one count of possession of more than one half ounce, but less than five pounds, of marijuana on Nov. 27, with the intent to distribute the drug. The panel also indicted Colbert of one count of possession of marijuana on the same date with intent to distribute while on the property of any public or private, two-year or four-year institution of higher education.
Colbert did not appear in the court when the grand jury handed down the indictments. Retired Judge Benjamin Kendrick issued a bench warrant for Colbert's arrest on the two felony charges. While the warrant lists a college address for Colbert, information was not available Thursday on whether Colbert is enrolled at the university.
Authorities executed search warrants on the university dorm room at 1019 Millwood Pike the night of Nov. 27, according to the documents filed with the Circuit Court. The door to the room had a black strip of paper with the words "Welcome to A.J.'s abode" written on it. Deputy E.R. Cutter, of the county's sheriff's office, searched the room for marijuana as well as scales, grinders and smoking devices. Cutter recovered two multi-colored smoking devices and two plastic bags containing green, plant-like material, according to the search warrant inventory.
Cutter "observed an odor of marijuana" while walking in the hallway of 1019 Millwood Pike near room 307, the deputy states in the corresponding affidavit.
"Upon making contact at Room 307 the occupant opened the door and a strong odor of marijuana came from the room," Cutter states.
Cutter also searched Room 306, where the door featured a black strip of paper with the words "Cello!-Its Joshua Place," on it, according to another warrant. Cutter searched the room for drugs and paraphernalia. The deputy seized "a black, nylon case containing a multi-color smoking device with burnt residue," clear plastic bags, another smoking device with residue and a set of electronic scales.
During the search of Room 306, Cutter states he seized a black book bag belonging to Colbert which contained two, quart-sized plastic bags with green, plant-like material "to be known as marijuana," according to the affidavit. Each bag contained an estimated quarter-pound of marijuana, the affidavit states. While conducting the search, officers saw a cell phone belonging to Colbert. When the phone's screen lit up, another deputy noticed a text message which stated, "'Are you going to be good for a G when I get back,'" the affidavit states. Colbert told officers he resides in Room 306.