On the evening of January 3, 2017 Deputy A.I. Assur made two separate arrests involving drug possession.
At approximately 3:45 p.m. Deputy Assur responded to a possible overdose in the area of Weis Grocery at 282 Deacon Road. While traveling to the call the deputy was advised that a male subject was unresponsive in his vehicle while it was in operation. When the deputy arrived, he saw medical personnel attending to the male. The subject was extremely lethargic, unsteady on his feet and having trouble following simple directions. He was identified as Benjamin Frierson and given a field sobriety test. Frierson was taken into custody for public intoxication and a search incident to arrest was conducted. The search revealed small bags of what appeared to be heroin as well as other drug paraphernalia. Benjamin Hampton Frierson, age 40 of Ferry Road, was charged with Possession of Controlled Substances, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Controlled Paraphernalia and Driving Under the Influence. He was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $2000 secured bond.
Later in the evening at approximately 9:31 p.m. Deputy Assur was traveling south in the middle lane on Interstate 95 while a Virginia State Trooper was a few car lengths ahead in the left lane of travel. Deputy Assur observed a 2007 silver Buick unnecessarily braking as the State Police vehicle moved passed. The Buick then slowed to a speed of 45 MPH. The deputy ran the tag and it returned to a man who was wanted in Charlottesville. Deputy Assur initiated a traffic stop during which he noticed the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A search of the subject and vehicle revealed 11 ounces of marijuana. Due to the large quantity of illegal drugs the vehicle was seized. Rahsaan Jamar Watkins, age 39 of Charlottesville, Virginia, was charged with Manufacture, Sale and Possession of Controlled Substances. He was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail on no bond.