Winchester man pleads guilty to possession

WOODSTOCK — A Winchester man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to the possession of synthetic cannabanoids.

Jerry Wayne Funk, who appeared in court cuffed at the wrists and ankles and clad in an orange and white Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail jumpsuit, was arrested following a police stakeout that occurred June 29.

According to a proffer of the evidence from Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley, Funk and Victoria Lynn Helsley were at the same residence when a U.S. Postal Service package arrived at the mailbox for Helsley.

Earlier, Postal Service employees had detected a white powder leaking from the box and had notified law enforcement officials, who then obtained a search warrant for its destined location, Wiseley said.

Authorities with the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force observed Helsley and Funk make their way to the mailbox to pick up the package when police accosted them, according to Wiseley’s testimony.

After being searched at the scene, officers found drugs on Funk’s person.

“Funk had two bags in his pocket containing a white powder,” Wiseley said. “He first claimed he had found them and was going to turn them in. He then admitted he had been using them to get a buzz.”

Funk, who has been held in jail for four months due to his probationary status at the time of the incident, could face up to 10 years for the possession of a Schedule-I controlled substance.

He is set to return to court for sentencing at a revocation hearing at 9 a.m. Dec. 16.

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