GLADE SPRING, Va. — A Glade Spring man faces multiple drug and weapons charges after police found him in a car in the parking lot at Patrick Henry High School.
Devon Scott Coleman, 39, was charged Sept. 20 with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine on school property, possession of a firearm on school property, possession of a firearm while in possession of meth, possession of a concealed weapon and possession with attempt to distribute marijuana on school property, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The man entered the school parking lot around 7:15 a.m., before school was in session, according to Washington County School Superintendent Brian Ratliff.
A teacher on early bus duty heard loud music coming from a vehicle at the far end of the lot. She approached the vehicle, a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire, and determined that the man, who she did not know, was unresponsive inside, Ratliff said.
The teacher immediately called for an administrator, who attempted to communicate with the man then called police.
A school resource officer responded and when the man stepped out of the car, the officer said he saw a bag of marijuana inside. A search revealed a plastic bag containing a large quantity, about three-quarters of a pound, of crystal meth, police said. A loaded .38 caliber pistol, a cross bow and drug paraphernalia were also found, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“At no time was there any threat to students or staff,” Ratliff said. “We are grateful for the expedient and proper response by school officials.”
Coleman, who is being held without bail at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail, did not provide a reason or a statement as to why he was on school property. He has no connection to the school, Washington County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Byron Ashbrook said.
The Sheriff’s Office was reviewing school security footage to determine if the man had any interactions prior to being discovered by school officials.
It’s not unusual for the Sheriff’s Office to receive calls about suspicious vehicles on school property or to find small amounts of drugs, Ashbrook said.
“It is highly unusual, however, to find a quantity of drugs this large in addition to weapons in a vehicle on school property in our area,” Ashbrook said.
Coleman was arraigned Friday and will return to Washington County General District Court on Nov. 8.