Multiple arrests in W.Va. drug-enforcement effort

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The Berkeley County, W.Va., Sheriff’s Department reported more than two dozen arrests in the wake of a multi-agency drug-enforcement effort Thursday and Friday in the county.

The combined effort conducted by members of the department’s SWAT team, the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, West Virginia State Police, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department and Martinsburg City Police Department effort focused on criminal interdiction and enforcement of drug dealers, which also included other various offenders.

The department reported: Information was obtained which lead to a successful search warrant/arrest/drug seizure which also lead to the location of illegal weapons. The BCSD SWAT Team was utilized for this high risk search warrant. The Berkeley County Transportation Division, led by Chief Court Marshal Mike Laing, assisted greatly in the processing and transportation of persons arrested throughout this operation.

Traffic Stops – 75
Vehicle Searches – 9
Felony Arrests – 5 persons/8 Charges
Misdemeanor – 16 persons/26 Charges
Drug Related Arrests – 4
Fugitive Arrests – 2
Guns – 2
Marijuana – 32 grams
Crack Cocaine – 11 grams
Suboxone – 1 strip
Total Drug Value: $1440.00
Cash Seized: $1480.00
Search Warrant – 1

“This multi-agency combined effort is an example of how cooperative efforts can have a major impact on the drug trafficking industry in the Eastern Panhandle of WV and the surrounding areas. We would like to thank each officer who participated and we look forward to working with these agencies in the future,” Berkeley County Sheriff Rob Blair said.

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WCSO arrest Winchester fugitive

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) executed 2 search warrants resulting in the arrest of Winchester resident Eric Anthony Capps.

While in Warren County Capps was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm.

A subsequent search reveled over $1600 worth of methamphetamine, approximately $2000 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

Capps is currently held without bond in the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren regional jail.

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Arrests, seizures target Sinaloa drugs destined for Virginia

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By Associated Press | Published May 27, 2021 7:15 a.m.


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A trafficking network that ferried drugs from the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico through California to multiple drug dealing organizations around the nation’s capital has been dismantled, according to local and federal officials.

An investigation that began in 2017 with work from a Loudoun County sheriff’s deputy assigned to a federal task force eventually stretched to seven states and resulted in more than 30 arrests, the seizure of more than 100 firearms; $6 million in cash, jewelry and other assets; 473 pounds (215 kilograms) of methamphetamine; 42 kilograms of fentanyl; and 129 kilograms of cocaine.

At a time when drug overdoses have been on the rise during the pandemic, getting those drugs off the streets “undeniably spared the lives of countless members of our communities,” said Raj Parekh, acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The distributors from California linked to the Sinaloa cartel — once led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman — were also suppliers to a drug crew in Dayton, Ohio, that was connected to the 2019 slaying of Dayton police Officer Jorge Del Rio, 55, who was shot while executing a search warrant as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration task force, said Jarod Forget, special agent in charge of the DEA’s Washington Division.

One specific seizure in Loudoun County that included 50 kilograms of cocaine and $1.4 million in cash was the largest seizure in county history, Sheriff Mike Chapman said.

Seven drug dealing organizations operating in and around the nation’s capital were dismantled as part of what agents dubbed Operation Angels Envy, officials said.

In Alexandria earlier this year, Romaine Anthony Dixon, 32, of Camp Springs, Maryland, was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy. Another Maryland man, Roger Vincent 42, of Temple Hills, has been sentenced to 15 years.

Two California men linked to the Sinaloa cartel — Michael Barroso of Bellflower and Roberto Ramirez Jr. of Fullerton — received 10-year prison sentences in Alexandria, and a third man awaits sentencing.

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NVRDGTF arrest two Winchester residents

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The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force (NVRDGTF) arrested two Winchester Residents.

The pair were under investigation for at least a month with the NVRDGTF conducting several controlled buys.

During the residential raid 9 and a half ounces of a white powder believed to be cocaine along with weapons, drug paraphernalia and over $1,500 were confiscated.

The drugs could have a street value of over $38,000.

Josie Peacoe has been charged with distribution of a controlled substance.

Rasheed Riley along with having a previous warrant for his arrest has been charged with possession and a probation violation.

More charges are pending.

Both are 29 years old and lived in the same residents on Valley Ave. Winchester.

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NVRDGTF arrest four Frederick County residents

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The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force (NVRDGF) have arrested four residents of Frederick county.

Samuel Resendiz Hernandez, Norberto Bautista Robles, Charles Arthur Perkins and Rafael Velazquez-Bautista were all arrested.

Over the course of a yearlong investigation over $24,000 in illegal drugs, 9 firearms and over $5,000 in currency have been confiscated from the four.

Multiple charges are pending against the four men with more charges expected for their co-conspirators.

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