Accused drug dealer’s number found in phone of Virginia Beach overdose victim

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John Carey Demonch, 27, was charged on Sept. 24 with possession of schedule I, II drugs and two counts of possession of schedule I, II drugs with intent to manufacture or sell them. (Courtesy the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)

John Carey Demonch, 27, was charged on Sept. 24 with possession of schedule I, II drugs and two counts of possession of schedule I, II drugs with intent to manufacture or sell them. (Courtesy the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

A suspected drug dealer’s number was found in the phone of a Virginia Beach man who overdosed in September, according to court documents.

John Carey Demonch, 27, was charged on Sept. 24 with possession of schedule I, II drugs and two counts of possession of schedule I, II drugs with intent to manufacture or sell them.

The Drug Enforcement Agency classifies schedule I and II drugs as those that are highly addictive. These include heroin, ecstasy, hydrocodone and cocaine.

The charges came one day after police answered an overdose call on the 1300 block of Five Forks Road, according to a search warrant filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

On Sept. 23, Anthony Lambaise, 24, was found unresponsive on his bedroom floor by his father, who called the police.

Police looked through Lambiase’s cellphone and noticed a person named in the phone as “Jon Slevs” (later identified as Demonch) texted Lambiase asking how the “stuff” was. The same number texted back later with a series of question marks.

Police set up a controlled buy with Demonch using Lambiase’s cell phone. They asked to buy the same amount of drugs that Demonch sold Lambiase. Inside the car Demonch was driving, police found drugs in a cigarette box, court documents state.

Demonch told police he was meeting with “Tony to give him some stuff,” and later told police that it was cocaine.

Police say they found a large amount of cocaine and some psilocybin — a psychadelic drug — during their search of Demonch’s house, on the 4900 block of Curling Road in Virginia Beach, according to court documents.

Demonch’s case was continued in Virginia Beach General District Court on Friday because a certificate of analysis has not been returned. He is scheduled to appearĀ in court on Dec. 15.

Mayfield can be reached at 352-431-9612.

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