WILLIAMSON — Sheriff James Smith’s fight to win the war on drugs (synthetic marijuana) is off to a good start after the arrest of Oscar Roberts II, 40 of Rawl, W.Va. Roberts was arrested on charges of possession with intent to deliver a Schedule I substance, synthetic marijuana.
On August 10 Roberts was placed under arrest on a probation violation through the Mingo County Probation Office by Cpl. N. Mines, Sgt. R.G. Messer, Sgt. E. Sherrill, Chief Joe Smith and Home Confinement Officer Kevin Wilson. During the incident of the search to arrest Roberts, the officers found a red plastic baggie that contained a green substance that appeared to by synthetic marijuana. The baggie was located in Roberts’ left shorts pocket. Roberts did admit to the substance being that of synthetic marijuana.
Not only was the baggie located in Roberts’s shorts pocket, but numerous other empty baggies of synthetic marijuana (incense) and small, clear plastic baggies were also located. According to officers, those types of baggies are commonly used for the distribution of illegal substances. Roberts also informed the officers that there was a mail package in his garbage from the place the synthetic marijuana was ordered from.
Roberts is being held at the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden, W.Va.
The Mingo County Sheriff’s Department’s officers were also called on two tips of other drug trafficking last week. however neither investigation led to evidence from the information on the accused parties.
“I want people to give us tips. It’s the only way to help with this fight,” said Sheriff Smith. “People are ordering this stuff through the mail and it makes it more difficult for us to locate it to get it off our streets.”
“I wanted to educate people on this drug and they need to be educated quickly,” added Sheriff Smith.
“People need to understand what this drug can do to them. They’re adding other chemicals like Raid and rat poison to it to get them high,” stated Chief Dep. J. Smith. “Kids are even ordering this stuff online. Their parents think they’re ordering something else and have no idea that it’s actually synthetic marijuana.”
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Cindy Moore is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. To contact Cindy by phone please call 304-235-4242 ext. 2278 or by email at [email protected].