Drug Bust Charges Go To Pot

Published 4:46 pm Tuesday, September 3, 2013

CUMBERLAND — Four individuals charged with possession of marijuana appeared in Cumberland General District Court on August 22. The charges stem from what the Cumberland Sheriff’s Office described as a “major drug bust” at a county residence on February 24.

Charges brought against Darron Christopher Boatwright, of Cumberland, and Kimberly Brown, of Richmond, were both dismissed by the judge during the preliminary hearing.

Cumberland Commonwealth’s Attorney Patricia Scales explained that the two charges were dismissed because the judge thought there was insufficient evidence against those individuals.

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Two other individuals charged in connection with the drug bust, Yusuf Amir Johnson and Sharod Markal Patterson, both of Cumberland, will appear before a grand jury on September 24. The grand jury will determine if enough evidence is present for them to be indicted and the case against them brought before the circuit court.

Johnson and Patterson are each charged with a class five felony, described as: “sell, give, distribute, or possess with the intent to sell, give, or distribute more than one-half once, but less than five pounds of marijuana.”