Two UVa-Wise students arrested on drug and weapons charges are free each on $5000 secured bond after a Dec. 11 hearing in Wise County General District Court.
Jeremiah Alexander Jordan and Trevarian Dante Clark were arraigned on Dec. 11 on felony charges of manufacture of a controlled substance, conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance, sale or distribution of marijuana, conspiracy to sell or distribute marijuana, and possession of firearms while in the possession of schedule II drugs.
Jordan and Clark were arrested Dec. 8 at their Walk to Campus residence when Wise County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Adkins responded to a noise complaint, smelled marijuana and entered the room.
According to arrest warrants, Adkins entered the apartment after Jordan answered the door and admitted to smoking marijuana. After asking Jordan for identification, Adkins escorted Jordan into his bedroom where the officer saw stacks of cash and a larger bag of marijuana. Adkins arrested Jordan and contacted the Regional Drug Task Force.
Adkins, in the warrant, stated that he found a range of drug paraphernalia including a vacuum sealer and empty sealer bags, digital scales, cash in small denominations, white pills identified as hydrocodone, and a white, chalky substance thought to be cocaine. Several jars of marijuana were found, along with a pistol and an AR-15 rifle. Both weapons were loaded.
Several other types of pills in unmarked pill bottles were found, along with bottled liquid that Adkins said appeared to be codeine. Adkins also retrieved a large clear tote from under the bed that contained a vacuum sealed bag of marijuana.
According to the warrants, Adkins then proceeded to Clark’s room. A search of the room produced a large sum of money consisting of low denominations, a vacuum sealed bag of marijuana in front of the bed on the floor, and another vacuum sealed bag containing marijuana on a shelf in front of the bed.
“Mr. Jordan and Mr. Clark are the only two occupants of the apartment and their bedrooms are straight across from one another,” Adkins stated in the warrants. Evidence from the crime scene has been sent to a state crime lab.
Jordan and Clark are being represented by attorneys Ritchie Kennedy and Jaxon Wilkens,
respectively, Wise County assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Abbott said Friday. Each man was released on $5000 secured bond to the custody of their parents and are now subject to report to pre-trial supervision, drug testing, and periodic reporting to a court appointed supervisor.
Abbott said Jordan and Clark are also prohibited from the UVA-Wise campus pending an on-campus hearing.
A court hearing is set for June 12, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. before General District Judge Clarence Phillips.