A youth league basketball referee was one of two men arrested Thursday after drug agents intercepted a 10-pound package of “high grade” marijuana delivered to the Gray post office, according to court records.
Zachary S. Worsham, 21, 107 Keeland Dr., Gray, and Mark D. Whitson, 21, 355 Grassy Valley Rd., Gray, were both arrested in the investigation. Both are charged with possession of Schedule VI drugs to sell or deliver.
Worsham told officers he works for Boone Hoops, which is a community-based athletic organization in the Gray area. It is not affiliated with the county school system.
Kyle Cox, who supervises the referees in that league, said he received a message from Worsham Friday indicating he would not be able to referee any longer. Cox said he has never seen any behavior from Worsham to indicate drug activity.
Worsham and Whitson’s arrests came after the 1st Judicial Drug Task Force received information about the delivery. DTF agents worked with the U.S. Postal Inspector and DEA in an “anti-drug operation,” according to the warrant.
Officers were waiting for the men when the two arrived at the Gray post office and watched as Worsham went inside and signed for a package addressed to him.
Court records indicate the package contained approximately 10 pounds of high grade marijuana from California.
Worsham apparently told officers he called the post office prior to going there to confirm the package had arrived.
After Worsham signed for the package and walked outside, agents intercepted him and others apprehended Whitson.
Both men posted a $10,000 bond each to get out of jail. They are scheduled to appear in Washington County General Sessions Court March 26.
According to court records, Whitson was convicted nine days ago in a DUI case.
In a similar, but unrelated case, DTF agents also arrested another man who went to the Gray post office Thursday to pick up a shipment of hash oil.
In that case, Tony G. Powers Jr., 33, 457 Oak Grove Road, Gray, was charged with possession of Schedule VI drugs to sell or deliver.
DTF Director Mike Adams said while both investigations involved drug deliveries to the Gray post office, they are not related.
According to Powers’ arrest warrant, he signed for a package at the post office that contained four quarts of hash oil and other cannibis extracts.
According to Wikipedia, hash oil is a concentrated substance that comes from cannabis, or marijuana, with a high TCH content. Users heat the oil and inhale the smoke.
Powers was arraigned on the charge Friday and was being held on a $10,000 bond.