Virginia residents who follow celebrity news may be interested to learn that Hopper Penn, son of actor Sean Penn, was arrested on drug charges in April. The 24-year-old, who works as an actor and model, was traveling through Nebraska on Interstate 80 when a state trooper pulled over his vehicle for allegedly not using a turn signal. Penn's 26-year-old girlfriend, a passenger in the vehicle, was also arrested.
The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg was the scene of multiple arrests that included a faculty member, a college employee and eight students. Law enforcement reported finding cocaine, amphetamines, steroids, marijuana, hashish, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms and opioids. Police officers also seized approximately $14,000 in cash.
A Virginia sheriff says that taking four people into custody following a six-month investigation is one of law enforcement's biggest drug-related operations in the county's history. Executing a search warrant on April 4, deputies found 12 firearms, thousands of dollars in cash and illegal drugs worth $100,000.
An investigation organized by the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Task Force resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a home on Hill Street in Farmville. A news release from the state police disclosed that law enforcement agents arrested a man and a woman at that location. Police reported that they found marijuana at the residence, and authorities charged both people with felony possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.
A 47-year-old Virginia man was taken into custody on March 19 after authorities executed a search warrant at his Waynesboro residence for narcotics. While searching for drugs, the authorities also reportedly seized several weapons, two of which were thought to be stolen.
If a person is convicted of a drug possession charge in Virginia, he or she could be subject to several different penalties. The penalties assessed will depend on the type and quantity of drug in question. The defendant's personal history can also play a role in determining the penalties for such a crime.
On March 8, the Norfolk Police Department announced the arrest of 44 people in connection with an alleged drug ring. The arrests were the culmination of an 8-month investigation by multiple Virginia and federal law enforcement agencies.
A large group of people in Virginia were arrested in early March 2018 from multiple jurisdictions, charged with an array of drug crimes. Police say that a number of people they are looking for continue to be wanted in connection with the drug investigation. The New River Regional Drug Task Force indicted 57 people before a grand jury on February 27 at the Montgomery County Circuit Court. These 57 people were charged in 93 different indictments, all of them related to drug offenses.
A Virginia man has been indicted and arrested for distribution of methamphetamine. When Russell County officers arrived at his residence near Castlewood, several others at the location also ended up in custody and charged with a variety of substance and weapons charges.
Evidence provided by two informants working for the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Virginia Beach Police resulted in a raid on a home in the upscale Lake Shores neighborhood. Agents justified the search on reports from the informants who allegedly bought a total of 119 grams of methamphetamine during five different transactions with a man at the house on Oak Leaf Lane.