Prosecutor seeks cash seized from defendant

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities want to claim more than $5,000 taken from a Frederick County man charged with dealing marijuana and other offenses.

A grand jury indicted James Atwell Judy Jr. in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on May 9 on charges of driving after having been declared a habitual offender, displaying a fictitious license plate on a vehicle, falsely identifying himself to a law enforcement officer, selling or distributing not more than one-half ounce of marijuana and possession of a vehicle title issued to another person.

Judy is scheduled to appear in court June 27 to enter pleas to his charges and face sentencing.

However, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristen Zalenski filed a motion dated May 1 requesting that the court condemn and sell or dispose of property seized from Judy. Zalenski’s motion stated that law enforcement agents with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office seized $5,168.43 on April 15 at 357 Capon St., Strasburg. The filing identifies Judy as the owner of the money.

Zalenski states that the seizure of the property took place due to the fact that said property was used in substantial connection with or were proceeds derived from the illegal manufacture, sale or distribution of marijuana or the possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and is subject to forfeiture under state code.

A notice of seizure of the property was served on Judy at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail where he remains held without bond. The notice indicates the court plans to hear the commonwealth’s request July 12. A notice to appear also filed with the court advises Judy that he must come to the circuit court clerk’s office within 30 days to make any claim on the property as to why he should not have to forfeit the money to the commonwealth.