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Richmond Police execute marijuana-related search warrant in Scott’s Addition, make one arrest

The Richmond Police Department executed a search warrant yesterday at 1020 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, home of Happy Trees Agricultural Supply, subsequent to an earlier search warrant executed at 1809 Roane Street on Friday, February 10, 2023.

Trevor Dickerson

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From Richmond Police:

The Richmond Police Department executed a search warrant yesterday at 1020 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, [home of Happy Trees Agricultural Supply,] subsequent to an earlier search warrant executed at 1809 Roane Street on Friday, February 10, 2023.

The Richmond Police Department is prohibited from releasing further details which led to the search warrant and any items seized from its execution since both search warrants were sealed by a judge.

Yesterday, Josiah Ickes, 37, of Mechanicsville was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Two counts of conspiring to commit a felony
  • Possession with intent to distribute a schedule 1 controlled substance
  • Possession with intent to distribute marijuana

It is important to note, post the new laws that passed in 2021, possessing more than four (4) ounces of marijuana in public is a criminal misdemeanor offense.  Additionally, the second and subsequent violations of an individual possessing more than four (4) plants is also a misdemeanor crime. While possessing more than one pound (<16 oz.) of marijuana is a felony and possessing more than 49 plants is also a felony.  Likewise, the sale, manufacturing, and/or distribution of marijuana remains a crime with the distinction of less than one ounce being a misdemeanor and more than one ounce becoming a felony (VA Code 18.2-248.1).

There have been occasions in the city of Richmond where individuals set up “pop-up” events that allow for multiple “vendors” to come to one location and sell marijuana. These vendors are not licensed to sell marijuana, or any other illegal substance in the city of Richmond. These events pose a danger and a significant threat to the quality of life in our community and those who organize and/or participate will be investigated when information is received that they are occurring.

The Richmond Police Department is committed to the public safety of all residents and will continue to work tirelessly to address crime in our community.

These cases are actively being investigated by RPD’s Focus Mission Teams. If you have information about this or other illegal activity, please call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 where you may remain anonymous.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.