Deputy Jonathan Kerns and K9 Karma seized marijuana and cash from Jeffersonton residence

Deputy Jonathan Kerns and K9 Karma seized marijuana and cash from Jeffersonton residence

Press release from Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office:

An investigation of shots fired on Springs Road Saturday night led to an arrest for possession with intent to distribute narcotics when deputies found over $23,000 in drugs.

At about 5:00 p.m. October 25, 2014, Deputy Jonathan Kerns responded to the 19100 block of Springs Road after a neighbor called for a safety check on subjects firing rifles in the neighborhood. The firing ceased before Kerns arrived, and he started a door-to-door canvass. At the third residence, he detected an odor of marijuana upon the homeowner opening the door.

Mark A. Kurtz

Mark A. Kurtz

The homeowner escorted Kerns through the residence, where he found numerous smoking devices in Mark A. Kurtz’s bedroom. Kerns had the occupants exit the building with him, and Kurtz was located at a makeshift shooting range on the property. Kerns had Kurtz place his weapon on the ground, then searched him, finding hashish, more paraphernalia, and over $1600 cash. After additional units arrived, Deputy Kerns and K9 Karma searched the residence and Kurtz’s vehicle, yielding more than 20 smoking devices and $23,000 in marijuana, acid, and hashish oil.

Kurtz, 25, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute schedule I and II narcotics, and two counts of possession of schedule I and II narcotics and committed to Culpeper County Jail, where he is held without bond.