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.
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.