According to reports, a 2-year investigation has led to over 55 arrests in Amherst County, Virginia. The local sheriff's office had launched an investigation involving multiple departments to identify participants in an alleged methamphetamine dealing conspiracy.
Virginia parents may be interested in learning that a 24-year-old teacher was charged with drug possession on Nov. 22 after she was recorded using cocaine in her classroom. She was teaching English at a Northwest Indiana high school.
According to law enforcement authorities with the Christiansburg Police Department, two Virginia residents were taken into custody after police reportedly found $208,000 worth of marijuana in their home. The incident occurred on Nov. 22 in the early morning.Law enforcement officers were reportedly called to the home to help a man who was unconscious and not breathing. Upon their arrival, emergency personnel administered Narcan to the man, and he was taken to the hospital after being revived. While the officers were inside of the home, they reportedly noticed a large amount of marijuana.
A Virginia man was taken into custody at Middle River Regional Jail in connection with drug charges after search warrants were executed on his home and business properties in Waynesboro on Oct. 21. The joint investigation was initiated in the weeks prior to the arrest by the Waynesboro Police SWAT and Skyline Drug Task Force. On Oct. 27, news reports indicated that the investigation remained ongoing.
Two Virginia men were taken into custody on Oct. 19 after a Waynesboro Police Department drug squad executed a search warrant in Churchville. The men, who are 36 and 46 years of age, were transported to the Middle River Regional Jail where they were being held without bail. The search was the result of an investigation into methamphetamine distribution in Augusta County.
On Oct. 6, it was reported that a Virginia woman was taken into police custody after she allegedly sent text messages concerning a potential drug deal to a law enforcement officer. The 46-year-old Chesapeake resident reportedly signed each text as "babycakes".
On Oct. 7, law enforcement officers reported that an arrest was made after receivingan anonymous tip about illegal drug activity was occurring at the State Fair of Virginia. The man was accused of selling AB-Fubinaca, a substance that is reportedly 85 times more powerful than cannabis, making it particularly dangerous.
Police in Virginia have reported that four individuals have been taken into custody on drug possession charges after a routine call about shoplifting led to the seizure of large amounts of cocaine, amphetamine and currency. Reports indicate that the three men and woman were charged with multiple counts of possessing and transporting drugs and transported to detention facilities where they were held without bond.
In 2016, law enforcement agencies around the country arrested three times as many people for drug violations than for all violent crimes put together. The 1.57 million drug arrests represent a 5.63 percent increase over 2015 figures and cast doubt on predictions that the drug war may be coming to an end. Law and order advocates in Virginia and elsewhere claim that a tough stance on drugs is needed to keep the public safe, but more than eight out of 10 of those charged with narcotics offenses in 2016 were arrested simply for possessing an illegal substance.
On Sept. 29, a Virginia man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of selling drugs on the side while reportedly helping the authorities. The 44-year-old man had been previously convicted possession of meth with intent to distribute and other charges before earning goodwill with the authorities by helping to set up controlled purchases.