Police Surveilled Suspected Toano Pot Dealer for Weeks

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Rashad Fitz Byrd (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Rashad Fitz Byrd (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A 27-year-old man admitted to police about a pound-and-a-half of pot found in his Toano home Tuesday was his, according to court documents.

A criminal complaint filed against Rashad Fitz Byrd in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court said investigators with the Tri-Rivers Drug Task Force — a group of investigators from several area police and sheriff’s departments — staked out Byrd’s home and watched him selling marijuana “within the past month.”

The home on the 200 block of Sand Drive West— located off Old Stage Road in Toano — was searched Tuesday night after James City County Police obtained a search warrant.

The task force and the James City County Police Department SWAT team seized about a pound-and-a-half of marijuana and more than $14,000 in cash.

A James City County investigator wrote in the complaint against Byrd that the confiscated marijuana was packaged in a way consistent with the sale of the drug.

More than $14,000 in cash and about a pound-and-a-half of marijuana were seized after authorities searched the home of Rashad Fitz Byrd. (Courtesy James City County Police)
More than $14,000 in cash and about a pound-and-a-half of marijuana were seized after authorities searched the home of Rashad Fitz Byrd. (Courtesy James City County Police)

After the pot was seized, Byrd told police the drug was his and he had sold marijuana in the past, court papers show. He was charged with felony possession with intent to distribute more than ¼ oz. but less than 5 pounds of marijuana.

Byrd was present for the search in which authorities seized the cash and drugs. After his arrest, he was taken to Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. Byrd has since been released on a $4,000 bond.

Byrd is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

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