A Leesburg man accused of receiving drugs through the mail says he never had them sent to him and tried to send them back,
Thomas Watson, 41, was arrested March 19 at 9 p.m. after a package containing 10 oxycodone pills and 8.5 grams of MDMA was delivered to his home on the 400 block of Davis Avenue SW.
According to Leesburg Police Lt. Jeff Dube, the department, in conjunction with U.S. Postal Inspectors, was investigating the package, though Dube could not state for how long nor the origin of the package. Dube said that when Watson accepted the package, police executed a search warrant and seized the drugs.
But Watson's friends and family, and Watson himself, say he never ordered anything or even opened the package.
“He did not accept the packages - in fact he rejected them. He wrote on the packages 'Return to Sender' and 'Wrong Recipient.' They were placed in his car to take to the Post Office for return,” said Marilyn Rust, who is acting as Watson's spokesperson, in a written statement. “It was the police who opened the package.”
The Watson camp believe someone shipped drugs to Watson's home and failed to intercept the drugs before they were delivered.
“This nightmare could happen to any of us,” Rust said.
The Leesburg Police Department would not comment on whether or not “return to sender” was written on the package, saying the case is still under investigation. They do, however, say that Watson “accepted” the packed.
Watson is a successful small business owner, founding Capital Computers and Network, an IT company, in 2002. The business earned accolades around the county, receiving Leesburg's Community Steward award and being nominated for the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce's best small business award. Up until his arrest, Watson had served on the Town of Leesburg's Technology and Communication Commission as chairman. His arrest prompted Leesburg mayor Kristen Umstattd to propose felony background checks for all potential commission appointees, also requiring nominees to fill out a questionnaire on criminal history.
Watson had previously been found guilty of assault in 1995 in Tuscon.
Watson's preliminary hearing will be May 22 in the general district court.