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October 2019 Archives

Medical condition can elevate BAC levels in nondrinkers

Motorists in Virginia and around the country can be charged with driving while under the influence when they get behind the wheel with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Prosecutors usually rely on toxicology test results to establish that a DUI suspect was impaired, but blood and breath analysis does not always tell the complete story. This is because there is a rare medical condition that can elevate blood alcohol levels substantially even when those who suffer from it consume no alcohol at all.

Virginia narcotics investigation leads to 9 arrests

A narcotics investigation in Virginia dubbed 'Operation Trap Door" resulted in the apprehension of nine suspects and the seizure of illegal drugs worth about $2.1 million. The Virginia State Police announced the arrests and seizures during an Oct. 16 press conference held at the New River Criminal Justice Training Academy in Dublin. The VSP were assisted in the investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The impact community service has on low-income areas

Virginia residents who are convicted of minor crimes are often ordered to perform community service. Community service is intended to provide judges with a humane alternative to incarceration for offenders who lack the means to pay fines and court fees, but the results of a study conducted recently by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles suggest that being ordered to work without pay actually makes life worse for these offenders.

Police find 580 pounds of marijuana in van

Virginia State Police troopers took two men into custody on the morning of Oct. 15 after discovering almost 600 pounds of marijuana in the van they were traveling in. The 26-year-old driver of the van and his unidentified male passenger have been charged with drug possession and drug possession with the intent to distribute. A VSP representative said that the drug seizure could be the largest ever recorded in the area.

Virginia man sentenced on federal drug charges

A 24-year-old Virginia man has been sentenced to more than seven years in a federal prison for dealing heroin and cocaine in the Hampton Roads area. The sentence was handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Oct. 3. A jury found the man guilty of possession of narcotics with the intention to distribute in May.

DUI and your security clearance

Government clearance is essential to many Virginia workers due to the high number of jobs in the area that require it. Therefore, anything that puts that clearance in jeopardy may result in a job loss.

Petty crime arrests on the rise amid dropping violent crime rates

Crime statistics collected by the FBI show a steady decline in violent crime rates. Since 1993, violent crime has decreased by approximately 50% in Virginia and nationwide. Property crimes have dropped as well, but police have been arresting more and more people despite the apparent decrease in serious criminal activity. Petty crimes account for many arrests. Research by the RAND Corporation indicates that police accused 31% of arrestees of committing misdemeanors.

3 Virginia men accused of drug trafficking

A tip from the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force to the Waynesboro Police Department resulted in a SWAT team raid at a home on James Avenue. Law enforcement had obtained a search warrant for the location where police believed that a man wanted for a parole violation was residing. Officers arrested three men at the location and seized drugs and firearms.

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