LSD doesn’t show up on the radar too often for the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement task force.
But JADE made a significant bust this week, according to a search warrant.
JADE officers executed the search warrant Wednesday in order to search property owned by Abraham Ankney, who they suspect of possessing LSD with the intent to distribute.
“[The bust] is the first I can remember in a long time,” said Lt. Don Campbell of JADE.
An anonymous tip alerted JADE officers to a package containing LSD, which was supposed to arrive in the area Wednesday from the West Coast, according to the search warrant.
Officers intercepted a FedEx package before it was sorted.
Wrapped in a Tuesday issue of the San Francisco Examiner were three vials, which were seized, and the liquid they contained tested positive for LSD, the warrant stated.
Campbell said the vials contained a large quantity of the drug.
The package was then resealed and sent to its destination, 911 Elliott Ave., in Charlottesville, Ankney’s previous address. Ankney’s address is currently listed as 1107 B 6th St., which is near the Elliott property.
Once Ankney signed for the package at the Elliott location, the officer executing the warrant, Detective John Seitz, seized it, authorities said.
The entire JADE force was present for the bust, Sgt. Joe Hatter said.
The package also contained a clear plastic bag with a “green, leafy plant-like substance,” a glass smoking device and a Samsung cell phone, which was returned to Ankney, according to the warrant.
Ankney was released on his own recognizance.
Both Hatter and Campbell said that LSD, a hallucinogenic drug, isn’t as common as cocaine or marijuana in the area.
Still, Hatter added: “It’s not out of the ordinary.”