Police intercept 10 pounds of marijuana, arrest Harrisonburg man

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — A Harrisonburg man has been arrested after police intercepted a shipment of ten pounds of marijuana bound for his apartment.

Earlier this week, a Virginia State Trooper alerted the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office to a suspicious package that had been intercepted.

A narcotics canine with Rockingham County deputies checked out the package and immediately alerted authorities about it, giving them grounds to get a warrant and seize the package.

When officers opened the package, they found 10 pounds of marijuana that had been sent from Oregon.

In response, the RUSH Drug Task Force (which includes members from the Virginia State Police, Harrisonburg Police Department, and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office) immediately began an investigation.

Their search took them to an apartment in Harrisonburg, where, equipped with a warrant, officers searched the premises and confirmed that the package was intended for a JMU graduate student living there.

Also in the apartment, officers found another pound of marijuana, eight grams of mushrooms, and a Ruger .45 caliber pistol.

Tristan Joseph Nelson, a 27-year-old Harrisonburg man, was charged with felony Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and felony Possession of Firearm while in possession with intent to distribute controlled substance.

Investigation continues, and additional charges may be filed.