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Man held on drug, weapons charge

James Conn

A Texas man remains in jail on weapons charges.

Jason Cordry Conn, 42, of Garland, Texas, stands charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun, two counts of carrying concealed weapons, a first offense of driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and refusing to take a blood or breath test.

Cordry appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Monday. Judge W. Dale Houff scheduled a preliminary hearing for Sept. 10 on the class 4 felony charge of possessing a sawed-off shotgun. Houff scheduled adjudicatory hearings for the remaining misdemeanor charges on the same date. Conn did not have an attorney at his first court appearance. Conn remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

Strasburg police officer Laura R. Bridges arrested Conn on Sunday. A criminal complaint states that Bridges saw a black, Chevrolet pickup with Texas registration traveling east on King Street at approximately 1:15 a.m. Sunday. The pickup had no rear-tag lights, the complaint states. Bridges notes she saw the vehicle swerve over the center line twice and to the right. The officer initiated a traffic stop at 42 Front Royal Road and saw the vehicle swerve to the right, striking two parked cars, the complaint states. Bridges states she approached the vehicle and noticed that the driver, identified as Conn, had glassy, bloodshot eyes and appeared to reach around the steering wheel.

“Conn exited the vehicle and was unable to maintain his balance,” Bridges states.

The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Conn, the complaint states. Bridges conducted an inventory of the vehicle and confiscated a knife and marijuana.

Specifically, Bridges arrested Conn and charged him with possession of concealed weapons: an a 8-inch, fixed-blade Bowie knife and a slapjack similar to a club.

A magistrate ordered Conn held without bail at the regional jail after his arrest. The checklist used to determine bail states that Conn cooperated with the officer. The magistrate states that Conn, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, lives in his travel trailer in Front Royal. Conn does iron work at a site in Ashburn but planned to return to Texas this week since he completed the job, the magistrate notes. The checklist states Conn has no criminal history of violence or felony convictions.

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