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.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia reported on Dec. 11 that two men accused of distributing methamphetamine in Scott, Wise and Lee Counties have been convicted. A federal jury returned guilty verdicts on charges including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute following a four-day trial held in Abingdon. The date of the sentencing hearing for the 44-year-old and 37-year-old Pennington Gap residents was not announced.
Three men were taken into custody on the evening of Dec. 6 when police allegedly discovered guns, drugs and cash during a vehicle stop. This all took place on Ferndale Avenue in Petersburg, Virginia, at approximately 8:30 p.m. The traffic stop was initiated by Petersburg Police Department detectives. Initial reports do not indicate what may have prompted detectives to pull over the 2018 Lexus that the men were traveling in.
A 31-year-old Virginia man was taken into custody on Dec. 5 when police executed search warrants at his home and place of business. The Collinsville resident has been charged with a felony count of possession with the intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance. He was released from custody after posting a $7,500 unsecured bond according to media reports. The searches marked the end of an investigation into cocaine distribution conducted by the Henry County Sheriff's Office, the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
A 32-year-old singer and former reality television star has been sentenced to 45 months in a federal prison for possessing fentanyl and possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute. The sentence was announced on Nov. 21 by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Antonella Barba is best known for being among the final 16 contestants on the hit talent show 'American Idol." The New Jersey resident admitted in July to possessing 400 or more grams of the opioid.
On Nov. 21, Virginia authorities arrested four people for alleged drug distribution crimes. The arrests were the culmination of a 12-month investigation by the Virginia State Police Narcotics Task Force.
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.