Crime

Woman charged with pot possession actually had 7.5 pounds of pot brownies. Felony charges could be dropped under court program.

Camille Kailah Walsh
Camille Kailah Walsh CCBI

A 19-year-old Maryland woman accused of having 7.5 pounds of marijuana in a car early one January morning actually had that weight of pot brownies and has been put on a track that may let her clear her record, according to court records and her attorney.

Camille Kailah Walsh who lives in Chevy Chase, Md., was in a Jeep on Davie Street when police arrested her Jan. 17. They charged her with having felony marijuana possession and three other felonies: possession with intent to sell or distribute pot, maintaining a vehicle for drug purposes and having psilocybin mushrooms.

Police also accused her in arrest papers of drinking while under age 21 and having marijuana paraphernalia, which is a misdemeanor.

At a hearing on Walsh’s charges, the district attorney’s office said that what police found in the Jeep was a batch of brownies with some marijuana baked in, not 7.5 pounds of the drug itself, her attorney, Colby Berry, said.

At a hearing on Feb. 16, prosecutors dismissed the charges of maintaining a vehicle, having marijuana for sale, underage drinking and possession of paraphernalia for using marijuana, court records show.

The Wake County District Attorney’s Office did not respond to a request for information about Walsh’s case.

Walsh agreed to plead guilty to the two felony drug-possession charges, her attorney said, but those pleas have not been entered in the online court record of the case.

Instead, Walsh was granted a conditional discharge, meaning that the remaining charges will be dismissed if Walsh has followed court requirements when she is scheduled to be back in court in September. The guilty pleas would never be recorded, and Walsh would not be shown as being convicted of a crime in North Carolina.

“I’m out of jail now and in a felony diversion program, so I actually have the chance to get my record expunged,” Walsh said in an email to the News & Observer this month.

“It was a stupid and silly thing that I did, and I have learned my lesson,” Walsh added. She spent three weeks in custody in the Wake County Detention Center before being released.

Walsh said she is trying to get a job and re-enter school. She said that has taught her how news about an arrest is widely available now that news publications post stories to websites and those stories show up in search-engine results.

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