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November 2019 Archives

Virginia drugs investigation leads to more than 100 indictments

A major narcotics investigation has led to the indictment of 74 individuals who authorities believe are members of a drug and weapons trafficking organization that distributed illegal firearms and significant quantities of methamphetamine throughout southwest Virginia. Police believe that the organization's reach stretched from bases in Mouth of Wilson and Whitetop in Grayson County to parts of Smyth, Roanoke and Washington counties in Virginia and Alleghany and Ashe counties in North Carolina.

Virginia overdose death prompts narcotics investigation

The 2017 death of a 22-year-old Virginia resident from a fentanyl overdose prompted a narcotics investigation that led to the discovery and seizure of heroin worth $35,000 and the indictment of 16 suspects, according to a press release from the Amherst County Sheriff's Office. Law enforcement has apprehended 12 of the suspects and is actively searching for the other four. The ACSO was assisted in what was named "Operation Ghost Raptor" by the Virginia State Police, the Lynchburg Police Department and the Campbell and Appomattox County Sheriff's Offices. The investigation is said to be ongoing.

Judges may be guilty of unconscious bias

Many people in Virginia and throughout America are influenced by unconscious biases. In other words, they make decisions or form opinions on issues based on information processed in their subconscious. Research has indicated that judges tend to make decisions as much on feel as they do on the facts in a case. This may result in harsher sentences being handed down to black or LGBTQ defendants.

Blood spatter analysis called into question

Blood spatter may be a factor in the evidence introduced in homicide, assault and other cases involving violent crimes in Virginia. This kind of analysis of bloodstains has been featured on TV shows like "CSI" and has played a major role in securing convictions in several high-profile murder cases. However, the field of science is being questioned by other experts who say that blood spatter analysis does not produce the kind of certainty required to jail or even execute people for a crime.

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