Law enforcement in Albemarle County, Virginia accuses a 22-year-old man of running an ad on Craigslist in an alleged marijuana distribution scheme. The Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force claims that a tip came in that Craigslist ads used coded information to advertise pot for sale. The investigators claim that the tip reported that the message used coded references to with drug references to advertise marijuana for sale in the community Internet want ads.
Detectives say that they responded to the Internet postings via email and later by telephone to set up a sting operation. Officials claim to have set up a meeting in a parking lot with someone they had never met. Law enforcement apparently showed up at the meeting location and undercover officers claim to have purchased two ounces of marijuana from a man in the parking lot.
Investigators went to the man's residence to conduct a search after arresting him at the parking lot. A search of the man's home came up empty for drugs, according to investigators. However, police claim that they found paraphernalia and weapons at the residence.
The man faces a Class 5 felony drug distribution charge, which exposes him to up to 10 years in state prison, if convicted. He reportedly was released on condition he submit to drug and alcohol tests while on pre-trial release.
Authorities say that the Internet posting has been flagged for removal and Craigslist has declined comment, according to The Daily Progress.
Law enforcement says that they have not seen ads for marijuana before on the Internet site. Police claim that stolen goods and prostitution rings have been found before on the Internet.
Source: The Daily Progress, "Albemarle man arrested after Craigslist-related marijuana bust," Nov. 13, 2012