Drug bust draws attention to potent ‘wax’
By Emily Ostertag
Woodfin — A Woodfin Police Department drug bust made at the Loft Apartments at Reynolds Village yielded more than 20 pounds of marijuana, including some of what’s known as “marijuana wax.” The wax is a highly-potent version of marijuana and it’s growing in popularity according to Lieutenant Michael Dykes of the Woodfin Police Department.
Marijuana wax is a newer drug, according to Lieutenant Dykes, “It is somewhat newer,” he said, “and, it’s growing in popularity. It has a few different nicknames to it such as, honey or wax, but it’s technically called butane hash oil.”
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, marijuana wax is a marijuana concentrate that closely resembles honey in texture, which accounts for its common street name. Information on THC extractions provided by the DEA’s Demand Reduction Section, states marijuana concentrates contain extraordinarily high levels of THC, or tetraidrocanabinol—the chemical compound in marijuana, which causes the drug’s related effects—ranging from 40-to-80 percent. These levels are much higher in comparison to the 20 percent THC of plant marijuana, according to the DEA’s information.
Lieutenant Dykes explained the price of this wax may, or may not, differ from that of regular marijuana, but its draw may lie in its potency, “Well, I don’t know about the price of it, however, it is a higher concentration of THC.”
Marijuana concentrates such as wax, are still used in much same way as plant marijuana, according the DEA’s information, as users tend to smoke it through pipes, or water pipes. Also, like plant marijuana, the wax can be ingested and has many of the same side effects, including paranoia, anxiety and elevated heart rate, stated the information.
The Reynolds Village bust came as a result of a noise complaint. Woodfin police officers responded Monday, May 16, at approximately 11:39 p.m., to a complaint about loud music coming from apartment 409 in the Loft Apartments at Reynolds Village, 51 N. Merrimon Ave. After responding to the call, officers found probable cause to procure a search warrant for the residence due to evidence of controlled substance crimes, according to a press release from the Woodfin Police Department.
During the search, officers found 21.46 combined pounds of marijuana and marijuana wax along with 1,716 dosage units of LSD, 39.5 dosage units of Xanax, various forms of drug paraphernalia and $3,201, stated the press release. As far as the amount of marijuana wax Lieutenant Michael Dykes, with the Woodfin Police Department, said, “It was a combined weight, and I don’t have the exact numbers of what was the wax and what was just the regular marijuana.”
According to the press release, Colten Cameron Heath and Micha Mullenix Lane were arrested and each charged with four felony counts, including a maintain and dwell for controlled substance, a trafficking in marijuana, a possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule IV controlled substance, a trafficking in LSD, as well as one count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Health was also wanted on orders for arrest in Guilford County, stated the press release. Both Heath and Lane were held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility with bonds of, or exceeding, $250,000, according to the press release. Lane has since been released.
in the bunker
New Putt Putt Fun Center
held back by grown-up struggles
By Heather Berry
Woodfin – Kids and parents alike are wondering when the Putt Putt Fun Center on Weaverville Highway will open. The center looks ready to the observer’s eye, but has some hidden troubles. According to Russ Roberson who manages the property for family members, the opening date is still a big question mark, but he appreciates the public’s patience and support as things get sorted.
The Putt Putt Fun Center is part of a nationwide franchise corporation, which started in Fayetteville in 1954. According to Roberson, some issues between the corporation and his local company have caused delays. “It’s just some things regarding franchise rules and so forth, where we are trying to compromise,” said Roberson. “That’s all I can say at this point.”
“We were hoping to get open before school let out, but that’s less than a month and I don’t see that happening,” said Roberson. Families from as far as Hendersonville have shown up at the center, looking for some fun, only to be disappointed, he added.
“I am looking forward to going there with my friends and go-karting and the arcade sounds really nice too,” said Molly, age 16, of Weaverville. Molly said she is disappointed the center hasn’t opened yet, but hasn’t given up that she can visit this summer.
“I was really hoping to go last summer,” Molly said. “I’m still hoping we can go this summer.”
Waiting on an opening date has been frustrating for everyone, Roberson said. “I really appreciate the community’s patience, while we sort this all out. It’s been frustrating for us too,” he added. “This has been a real struggle,” Roberson continued. “Right now, we are finally getting to where we can work this out.”
When asked how much the project has cost, Roberson would only say, “It’s on up there.”
When opened, patrons can choose from a variety of activities including: a 36-hold putt putt golf course, go-kart track, four batting cage stations for softball or baseball, bumper cars, 32 arcade games and three birthday party rooms. “We also have a covered area for private parties like alumni groups or family reunions,” Roberson said.
The center is designed to facilitate community involvement explained Roberson, who hopes to host tournament nights for different community groups.
Roberson is no stranger to the Woodfin and Weaverville area. He moved here when he was in the fifth grade and has spent 20 years owning and managing local rental properties. In his years as a local business owner, Roberson said he has never experienced the frustration with a business enterprise like he has with this Putt Putt Fun Center. “I’m 64 and have lived here since the fifth grade,” said Roberson.
Representatives from the corporate offices of the Putt Fun Center in were approached, but unavailable for comment.
Wahoo’s quiet contributions and attitude earn
By Heather Berry
Weaverville – Sometimes it takes a lifetime for folks to appreciate the special contributions different members of a community make. Recently, some Weaverville residents are taking note and making an effort to appreciate the contributions of “Wahoo.”
Many locals are familiar with Wahoo, known for pulling a trash can from Flat Creek to downtown Weaverville daily, but don’t know much more.
Wahoo started weed-eating, mowing and doing other odd jobs in 1978 when he was in high school at North Buncombe. Scott Shope, owner of Shope’s Furniture in downtown Weaverville, has known Wahoo since they were in school together. Shope said he is always impressed at how hard Wahoo works and doesn’t complain.
“I’ve asked him if he needed help many times and he never does,” said Shope, “and, he never complains.”
According to Shope, Wahoo began calling himself “Wahoo” after a popular wrestler named Edward”Wahoo” McDaniel. “That’s the story I heard,” said Shope. “Back in the day when he was young, he loved wrestling. Wahoo is still just good-hearted, great person and gentle soul,” said Shope. “He’s one of ours.”
When asked to tell a little bit of his life story, Wahoo responded, “Sure! What do you want to know?”
Born in Indiana, David Arrington (Wahoo’s given name) made his way to Weaverville with his family when he was a “little bitty thing.” He has lived in Flat Creek for many years, he said.
Wahoo may have the best glimpse of all when it comes to the goings on in this area. “I’m out every day doing mowing, weed-eating and doing all kinds of stuff and talking to people,” Wahoo said. “I also pick up aluminum cans and other recyclables,” he added.
Wendy Reed, owner of New Beginning’s Spa and Salon, recently asked area residents to drop off their recyclable aluminum at the salon in order to help Wahoo with his collections. Wahoo stops by daily to pick up what is left.
“He pulls that huge trash can all the way from Flat Creek and all over Weaverville and never complains, never whines,” said Reed. “When I asked him what he did with all those cans, he told me, ‘I just use them for extra spending money,’” said Reed.
According Wahoo, the help from New Beginnings has made a difference. “Oh yeah, I pick up from them every day,” Wahoo said.
Reed, who grew up in Weaverville, remembers Wahoo from softball games. “I played ball for many years and Wahoo was at our high school games and women’s league consistently,” she recalled. “He was there as a bat boy and showed up at every game faithfully.”
Wahoo has a big family in this area. “I live with my mother and brother and have all sorts of uncles and brothers, sisters and nephews in this area. He describes the area as “friendly and peaceful.” When asked if there were any improvements he would make, Wahoo responded, “The football team could be a little better,” with a laugh. Wahoo counts high school and college football among his passions.
Reed encourages residents to take the time to help. “We are talking about items that most of us don’t see as having any value, but it can mean a little extra spending money for Wahoo,” she said. “We just take these items and trash them. I want people to be aware of what they are doing,” she continued.
“I want people to know they can use this location as a drop-off for canned goods or other items, which can help those around us in need,” Reed said. “We’ve got a lot of hurting people,” she added.
Reed hopes to continue this community outreach with other projects in the future.
Anyone interested in helping Wahoo out by dropping off recyclable aluminums can drop items off at New Beginnings Spa and Salon, 285 N. Main St., any time during business hours. If items are large, Reed suggests calling the salon ahead at 828.484-7785. Wahoo also wants the public to know he is willing to do odd jobs like mowing, weed-eating, cleaning out storage areas, etc… Call him at 828.645.5608.