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Nelson was arrested and immediately charged.


Tristan Nelson, a 27-year-old JMU graduate student, was arrested after a Virginia State Trooper reported a suspicious package to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office earlier this week, according to WHSV. A warrant was ordered and the package was seized. Authorities say they found 10 pounds of marijuana that had been sent from Oregon.

Following the seizing of the package, the Harrisonburg RUSH Drug Task Force began an investigation. The RUSH Drug Task Force is a regional narcotics task force that investigates and prosecutes individuals involved with distributing and manufacturing narcotics in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area.

The task force received a warrant and searched Nelson’s Harrisonburg apartment, where they found another pound of marijuana, a Ruger .45 caliber pistol and eight grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Nelson was immediately charged with felony possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance as well as felony possession of a firearm while in possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

The task force continues to investigate the situation.

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