Man arrested on drug charges

Washington County Sheriff’s Dept

Washington County Deputy Brad Naugle and Salem City Police Officer Russell Wilcoxson recently responded to a loud noise complaint at 500 Martinsburg Road in Salem. As officers approached,they could hear loud music while still inside their patrol cars. Officers knocked on the door and were allowed inside by Joseph Ford. Once inside, officers detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana and observed drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view. Officers were able to obtain a search warrant and during a search of the residence, officers seized several bags of marijuana, totaling approximately 348 grams in weight. Other evidence seized included a firearm, cash, different types of prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, a marijuana plant and scales.

Joseph Ford of Salem was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deal, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a legend drug, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

Also arrested were Lacey Smith and Joseph Smith, both from Salem and both were charged with visiting a common nuisance.

Deputies Tory Hildreth and Lucas Gray and Salem City Police Officer Chris Cauble assisted with the investigation.

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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