Marijuana donated at Virginia Beach food drive

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Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office deputies took custody of a vile of marijuana found hidden among food donations while working security for the 20th-annual Mayflower Marathon. The 72-hour food drive benefits the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. (Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)
Virginia Beach deputies came across an interesting donation while working security at an annual food drive: marijuana. (Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

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. 

 

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.