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Bond granted for accused drug dealer whose number was found in phone of Virginia Beach overdose victim

John Carey Demonch, 27, was charged on Sept. 24 with possession of schedule I, II drugs and two counts of possession of schedule I, II drugs with intent to manufacture or sell them. (Courtesy the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)
John Carey Demonch, 27, was charged on Sept. 24 with possession of schedule I, II drugs and two counts of possession of schedule I, II drugs with intent to manufacture or sell them. (Courtesy the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH — An accused drug dealer whose number was found in the phone of a Virginia Beach man who overdosed in September was released from jail on bail.

John Carey Demonch, 27, was charged on Sept. 24 with possession of schedule I, II drugs and two counts of possession of schedule I, II drugs with intent to manufacture or sell them.

Demonch was granted a $10,000 bail on Feb. 3 under the conditions that he abide by a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and waive his rights to unreasonable search and seizure, according to documents filed in Virginia Beach General District Court.

About three weeks earlier, Demonch was granted a temporary $1,500 bond to go to his grandmother’s memorial service. He returned to the Virginia Beach Correctional Center on Jan. 12.

A preliminary hearing for the case is scheduled for March 16.

Demonch was arrested the day after police answered an overdose call in the 1300 block of Five Forks Road, according to a search warrant filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

On Sept. 23, Anthony Lambaise, 24, was found unresponsive on his bedroom floor by his father, who called the police.

With his father’s permission, police searched Lambiase’s cellphone and noticed that a person named “Jon Slevs” texted Lambiase asking how the “stuff” was. The same number texted back later with a series of question marks. Jon Slevs was later identified as Demonch.

Police set up a controlled buy with Demonch using Lambiase’s cell phone. They asked to buy the same amount of drugs that Demonch sold Lambiase. Inside the car Demonch was driving, police found drugs in a cigarette box, court documents state.

Demonch told police he was meeting with “Tony to give him some stuff,” and later told police that it was cocaine. Prosecutors are still waiting on the toxicology report of the substance found in Demonch’s car.

Police say they found a large amount of cocaine and some psilocybin — a psychadelic drug — during their search of Demonch’s house, on the 4900 block of Curling Road in Virginia Beach, according to court documents.

Two days after his death, Lambaise’s parents posted a message on his Facebook page which read, “It only took a single moment of relapse to end his life after injecting a substance so toxic that it killed him instantly. The Lambiase family thanks everyone who knew, loved and supported the young man who was our spirited and vibrant son, through his struggles.”

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@wydaily.com.

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