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Hearing waived in road incident
Firearm and drug charges certified against Stafford man


Date published: 1/25/2013

BY KEITH EPPS

The case against a Stafford man involved in a road rage incident that led to multiple drug charges has been sent to a county grand jury.

Alexander Benjamin Cross, 23, is charged with distributing marijuana, three counts of possessing illegal drugs, aggressive driving and brandishing a firearm.

The case was sent to circuit court after Cross waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Stafford General District Court.

Prosecutor Andrea McCauley said the charges stem from a Sept. 21 incident involving Cross and a car carrying four male teenagers.

The teens called police claiming that Cross pulled up beside them and pointed a handgun at them in North Stafford.

Armed with the license-plate number of the car and a description of the suspect provided by the teens, Deputy Josh Truslow quickly tracked down Cross at his home on nearby Wimbledon Court.

Police said that immediately after opening the door, Cross told Truslow that he didn't point the gun, but showed it to the teens because they'd cut him off and that "sometimes you have to show kids who's the boss."

Deputies were in the home looking for the gun when they noticed a strong odor of marijuana. They ended up finding several ounces of marijuana, along with oxycodone, morphine and methadone.

McCauley said Cross explained that he sells marijuana only to people he knows "every now and then just to pay the bills."

The teens denied cutting Cross off and said the confrontation was unprovoked. McCauley said they were extremely shaken by the incident.

Attorney John Spencer is representing Cross.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com