On Aug. 31, Virginia authorities arrested a man and a woman for allegedly possessing illegal drugs and alcohol. The defendants were taken into custody in Floyd County.
Virginia law enforcement authorities investigating illicit methamphetamine production in the state have reported that a 36-year-old man has been charged with methamphetamine possession and trafficking. The charges were filed after a substance seized during a search of the man's Dugspur residence was identified as more than 225 grams of methamphetamine by a Roanoke crime laboratory.
In Virginia and across the nation, the criminal justice system is stacked against defendants who are convicted of drug possession offenses. The outcomes of felony drug convictions are often more severe than just prison sentences, fines and supervised release; there is also a socioeconomic stigma that interferes with future job opportunities as well as obtaining educational and healthcare benefits.
Two men and a woman are facing drug charges after an officer was sent to Black Diamond Market in Lee County, Virginia. The officer approached an ATV and smelled marijuana, which prompted a search of the vehicle. According to the officer, the search turned up 27 grams of methamphetamine, and one of the men ate methamphetamine hoping to destroy evidence. The search also yielded two handguns, marijuana and some scales.
Throughout central Virginia, law enforcement has escalated drug raids and arrests. This has led the number of drug and narcotic offenses to rise 42 percent between 2016 and 2017. An annual Virginia State Police report on crime statistics showed that drug arrests in the region have escalated far more rapidly than the statewide upswing of 16 percent. This reported increase in drug crimes has accompanied the opioid epidemic that has grown across the country.
A 29-year-old Virginia man is facing a raft of charges after methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $90,000 was allegedly found in his home. Reports indicate that deputies from the Henry County Sheriff's Office discovered the drugs during a June 1 search of a residence on Melrose Drive in Bassett. An HCSO representative said that the evidence needed to obtain the search warrant was gathered while deputies were investigating methamphetamine distribution in the area.
Three Virginia men were charged with drug crimes after police responded to a disorderly conduct call in Lynchburg on May 20. The incident occurred on the 1000 block of Floyd Street.
Actress Rose McGowan faces the prospect of a criminal indictment for felony cocaine possession after a judge in Virginia ruled that the facts in the case warranted consideration by a grand jury. The ruling was handed down following a May 3 hearing. The ruling was another setback for McGowan's attorneys who tried unsuccessfully in March to have the case dismissed. The actress was charged in January after an airline employee discovered her driver's license in a wallet that also contained a package of cocaine while cleaning an aircraft.
According to law enforcement authorities, a 17th defendant was sentenced for his role in a massive drug and gun ring that operated in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. The 51-year-old man was sentenced to 37 years in prison on April 24.
Two men were arrested in Virginia on April 17 for allegedly dealing drugs out of the Country Inn and Suites in Hampton. After complaints were called into the police about alleged drug activity at the hotel on Hardy Cash Drive, police obtained search warrants for two rooms at the property.