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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | October 30, 2020

Maryland man pleads guilty to distributing marijuana in New Kent

By Andre Jones | September 28, 2020 7:37 pm

A Maryland man who distributed marijuana in New Kent County entered a guilty plea as part of an agreement reached Monday afternoon in New Kent Circuit Court.

David Shannon Watson Jr., 31, of 7 Pomona South, Apt. 11, Pikesville, pled guilty to one count of distribution of marijuana greater than one-half ounce but less than five pounds during his trial.

In a summary of evidence, on Feb. 21 around 10:30 p.m., a New Kent Sheriff’s Deputy executed a traffic stop after noticing a vehicle commit a violation. Upon arriving to the vehicle, the officer detected the odor of marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle. That search yielded the discovery of a large quantity of plastic bags that had a substance inside of them, a digital scale, and $1,150 in cash. That substance turned out to be marijuana.

Watson, identified as the driver, presented a medical marijuana card that allowed him to have 120 grams of the substance. However, 620 grams were recovered, and he was arrested on the charge.

Under the agreement, Watson received a three year sentence with all time suspended.

In other circuit court proceedings:

–Dustyn Keith Carter, 37, of the 9400 block of Sherwood Drive, Quinton, entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of a Schedule I/II substance as part of an agreement.

In a summary of evidence, Carter was discovered to have cocaine on him on Oct. 22, 2019. Officers arrested him for illegally having the substance.

Under the agreement, Carter received a five-year sentence with all time suspended.

–Tabitha Ann Deal, 33, of the 9500 block of Proctors Road, Richmond, entered a guilty to one count of possession of a Schedule I/II substance as part of a plea agreement.

In a summary of evidence, on July 6, 2019, a traffic stop was conducted where Deal was the passenger of the vehicle. The officer observed what appeared to be an illegal substance and conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered contraband. The officer’s search also yielded a green piece of paper folded up in a purse that belonged to Deal. That paper had a substance that was tested and came back at methamphetamine, which is illegal to possess without a subscription.

Under the agreement, no formal finding was rendered as Deal will enter into the First Offender’s Program. If she successfully completes the program, the charge will be dismissed.

–Maurice Washington Jr., 35, of the 10000 block of Alpine Road, Providence Forge, entered a guilty plea to a single count of possession of a Schedule I/II drug as part of a plea deal.

In a summary of evidence, on Aug. 3, 2019, an officer noticed a vehicle in the parking lot of the Waffle House in Bottoms Bridge with bullet holes and a shattered window. When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed the driver, later identified as Washington, with white powder near his nostrils and an additional white powder on the center console. A search of the vehicle was conducted, and Washington was arrested for the illegal substance, which was later determined to be cocaine by a lab analysis.

Formal sentencing for Washington is scheduled for Dec. 14, with the plea agreement capping the active jail sentence time at one year, nine months.

–DelMar Lynn Zimmerman, 37, of the 100 block of S. Market Street, Ephrata, Pennsylvania, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of reckless driving (originally felony hit and run) as part of a plea deal.

In a summary of evidence, on Feb. 10, Zimmerman was the operator of a semi-truck and trailer when it hit another vehicle on Interstate 64. After an investigation, it was determined that Zimmerman did not know he struck the vehicle while he was operating his tractor-trailer until after a Virginia State trooper notified him of the offense.

Under the plea agreement, the defendant received a 30-day sentence with all time suspended. Zimmerman must also pay a fine of $500.