Candidate For Sheriff In West Virginia Charged With Heroin Possession

Authorities said they found John Orem unresponsive in his home.
John Orem is running for sheriff in Berkeley County, West Virginia.
John Orem is running for sheriff in Berkeley County, West Virginia.

A candidate for county sheriff in West Virginia has been charged with possession of heroin after he was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of his home Tuesday.

Medics attending to John Orem, 47, gave him Narcan to reverse the effects of narcotics, the Herald-Mail reports. Authorities said they found a cotton ball on a metal spoon in a bathroom cabinet that later tested positive for heroin.

Court documents also stated that the candidate was treated by medical responders in a separate incident on Monday. 

Orem was arraigned on Tuesday and released on $5,000 bond, according to reports.

Previously, Orem worked as a police officer in Martinsburg, West Virginia, before an injury forced him to retire from the force in 1999, according to his website. He worked in real estate following his career in law enforcement.

Orem’s campaign and state police did not immediately return a request for comment from The Huffington Post.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Martinsburg is in Virginia. Martinsburg is located in West Virginia.