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 multi-jurisdictional investigation into drug trafficking activities lasted for two years and led police to two residences in Floyd County. When search warrants were executed at the homes, police are said to have discovered 31 pounds of methamphetamine, 6 pounds of cocaine and an undisclosed quantity of counterfeit prescription opioid pills. A VSP representative said that the pills likely contain fentanyl and appear similar to pills that have been linked to several recent overdose deaths in the area. More than 20 firearms were also seized during the operation.
The drugs are believed to have been smuggled into the United States from Mexico. Two of the nine individuals taken into custody are Mexican nationals according to media reports. They face a raft of drug trafficking charges and are being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail. Preliminary hearings for the two men are scheduled to take place in November.
Operations of this type often culminate in sweeping raids and dozens of arrests, and it may take prosecutors several days to sort through the evidence to determine how strong the cases against each individual are. In situations like this, experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise suspects to remain silent until a lawyer has studied the evidence against them. Attorneys could then determine whether to mount a vigorous defense in court or seek a reduction in the charges and penalties by entering into a plea agreement.