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Substitute judge accused of pot farming

Shenandoah County lawyer and substitute judge James H. Allamong Jr. has been arrested after authorities found marijuana plants growing on his property.

The plants were discovered while firefighters were responding to a nearby shed fire, according to the Northern Virginia Daily. The marijuana is believed to have a street value of more than $150,000.

Allamong was charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and manufacturing marijuana. He told the NV Daily that the marijuana was for his own use, to alleviate the pain of injuries he sustained in Vietnam.

Allamong turned himself in Wednesday afternoon, and was later released on his own recognizance. He faces a Shenandoah County General District Court judge on Oct. 21, and will have to report his charges to the state judicial inquiry and review commission.

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