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Sheriff's candidate in West Virginia charged in heroin case

Screenshot of the "John Orem for Berkeley County Sheriff" Facebook page.

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A candidate for sheriff in West Virginia has been charged with heroin possession.

Media outlets report that Republican John Orem was arraigned in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on Tuesday and released on $5,000 bond.

According to a criminal complaint filed by State Police, Orem was found unresponsive at his Inwood home Tuesday. Trooper M.D. Gillmore said in the complaint that a cotton ball found in a bathroom cabinet tested positive for heroin.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Orem has an attorney. He didn't immediately return a telephone message Tuesday.

Orem is a former Martinsburg police officer who defeated eight GOP challengers in the May primary. He'll face Democrat Curtis Keller and independent candidate Lisa St. Clair in November. Incumbent Democratic Sheriff Kenny Lemaster is seeking a House of Delegates seat.

A post on Orem's public Facebook page said a statement "regarding recent events" would be released shortly.

"Until such time as all the facts are made available your consideration is appreciated," the statement read.