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Berkeley County Sheriff's Candidate Charged in Heroin Case

Matthew Umstead
Herald-Mail Media
John Orem
John Orem, the Republican nominee for Berkeley County sherrif, was charged with heroin possession Tuesday, August

A candidate for sheriff in West Virginia has been charged with heroin possession.

Media outlets report Republican John Orem was arraigned in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on Tuesday and released on $5,000 bond.

According to a criminal complaint filed by State Police, Orem was found unresponsive at his Inwood home Tuesday. Trooper M.D. Gillmore said in the complaint that a cotton ball found in a bathroom cabinet tested positive for heroin.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Orem has an attorney. He didn't immediately return a telephone message Tuesday.

Orem is a former Martinsburg police officer who defeated eight GOP challengers in the May primary. He'll face Democrat Curtis Keller and independent candidate Lisa St. Clair in November. Incumbent Democratic Sheriff Kenny Lemaster is seeking a House of Delegates seat.

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