Virginia Beach deputies came across an interesting donation while working security at an annual food drive: marijuana.
Deputies were providing security for the 20th-annual Mayflower Marathon, a 72-hour food drive, on Nov. 18 when a volunteer brought them a sealed vial of marijuana she found hidden in a bag of donated food items, said Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kathy Hieatt.
The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office provides annual security for the food drive, which benefits the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
A male deputy took the vial from the volunteer, opened it and gave it a sniff. He determined that it had a strong odor, consistent with marijuana. He took it to the Virginia Beach Corrections Center and logged it to be destroyed with other illegal items found around the city, Hieatt said.
Hieatt could not confirm how much marijuana was in the vial, but said it was a small amount.
No one came forward to claim the marijuana, and police do not know who donated it. No criminal charges have been filed and there will be no follow-up investigation.
“It’s our guess that they probably didn’t intend to donate that, but you never know,” Hieatt said. “It was a little unusual.”
Mayfield can be reached at 352-431-9612.