• Two arrested in Salem motel for synthetic drugs

    by  • July 12, 2013 • News

    Two people are in the Marion County Jail after being arrested at a Salem motel for allegedly possessing a large amount of synthetic cannabis.

    According to Salem Police Chief Ron Campo, early Thursday morning his officers executed a search warrant on a room at the Comfort Inn, where they arrested 19-year-old Josie Mann, of Richview and 20-year-old Dillon Pryor, of Centralia.

    Campo says his officers recovered in the search a significant amount of synthetic marijuana, sold as “Darkness” and approximately $6,000 in cash.

    Mann and Pryor were both charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

    Salem police also seized a late model pickup truck and intend to begin forfeiture proceedings to seize the vehicle under the drug forfeiture act.

    Campo commented that “you can’t sell narcotics out of a hotel room for a week and not expect us to find out about it.”

    Both Mann and Pryor have been released from jail, pending the results of lab tests on the seized product.

    According to Marion County State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach, “Darkness” most often tests positive as a controlled substance, but even then he needs to know what chemicals are found before he can formally charge, as that information must be included in court documents.