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Snapchat video alerts police to drug dealers serving teens

Many Virginia parents understand the importance of monitoring their teens' social media use. One case illustrates how a vigilant one alerted law enforcement to a suspect selling marijuana, LSD, THC, mushrooms and other controlled substances to teens. The parent saw a Snapchat video about an individual advertising the drugs, and the subsequent investigation involved multiple agencies and has so far led to the arrest of two suspects.

Police created undercover social media profiles to collect information about the drug selling and eventually located the home where teens were buying drugs. After receiving court approval for surveillance, investigators tracked the alleged drug dealer throughout the region. A representative of the sheriff's office said that the agency obtained a search warrant for the home of the 25-year-old suspect.

He said that police encountered five people under the age of 20 in the house when they conducted the search. The teen buyers allegedly admitted that they were buying drugs. The suspect who was apparently selling the drugs reportedly confessed as well but then fled the scene. Police later arrested the suspect, and the investigation has so far revealed the alleged source of the drugs for the local dealer. That second suspect has been arrested as well, but authorities have not released the identities of either suspect as they continue their investigation.

Teenagers across the country regularly patronize Snapchat and other social media platforms, but this case shows that such use is not always benign. If they are subsequently taken into custody on the suspicion of committing drug crimes, they and their parents might find it advisable to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that a strategy to combat the allegations can be constructed.

Source: Weatherford Democrat, "PCSO crimes unit makes drug bust involving local teens," Autumn Owens, Dec. 20, 2019

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