A federal judge has sentenced the leader of a national methamphetamine trafficking ring to 30 years in prison. The ring was reportedly transporting a very pure form of the drug to southwest Virginia.
A Virginia doctor faces up to 20 years in a federal prison for prescribing powerful medications including Xanax, oxycodone and Adderall to individuals who had no medical need to take the drugs. The 49-year-old Fairfax resident pleaded guilty on March 4 to six counts of illegally distributing controlled substances after entering into a negotiated plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is scheduled to be sentenced in May.
A 31-year-old man from Virginia has been sentenced with more than 38 years in prison on multiple drug-related charges. The judge recommended that the man receives two life sentences plus eight years after a jury found him guilty of the drug charges in the February 2020 trial.
Authorities in Virginia say that four people were taken into custody as part of an investigation into drug activity in Carroll County. The first person to be taken into custody was a 26-year-old man who was spotted outside of a store and was previously wanted by authorities. He was on probation for drug and firearm charges when police found him, and they say that he was taken into custody without any problem.
Virginia authorities say that they executed search warrants at two properties in Amelia County on Jan. 22. They said that controlled substances and firearms were found during the search of the homes on Amelia Springs Road and Military Highway. Five people were taken into custody on a variety of charges, and authorities say that there could be more people taken into custody as the investigation continues.
Even as cannabis decriminalization or legalization is proposed in Virginia and in other states across the country, a full 40% of drug arrests nationwide in 2018 concerned marijuana. Police across the country arrest more people for cannabis than for any other single drug, and marijuana remains illegal at the federal level even as some states offer fully legal markets for recreational cannabis. In 2018, 663,000 people were arrested for some form of marijuana-related offenses, a substantial portion of the total 1,650,000 drug arrests nationwide.
A couple in Virginia was detained by police in January 2020 on suspicion of drug possession. Virginia State Police took the couple into custody in Albemarle County, and they were booked into Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail.
Two men have been arrested in Virginia, accused of distributing and possessing fentanyl. The men, held in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail, are accused of distributing hundreds of grams of the powerful opiate. According to police, one of the men provided the other man with fentanyl in April 2019, while participating in an attempt to ship a kilogram of the substance commercially via UPS from California to Florida. They then say the other man sold relatively large quantities of fentanyl on several occasions in July.
Two men were accused of distributing fentanyl in Virginia and other parts of the country. According to federal prosecutors, the two accused men were in possession of hundreds of grams of fentanyl. Authorities also discovered a semi-automatic weapon, a shotgun and a digital scale in a storage unit as well as another firearm in one man's home.
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.