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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Authorities arrest a suspect in the shopping cart murders

In a social media post from the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) it was announced that an arrest has been made in the so called shopping cart killer case.

Harrisonburg and Fairfax County authorities have arrested 35 year Anthony Robinson of Washington D.C..

It is believed that Robinson was involved in the deaths of several women found across Virginia including Harrisonburg.

The victims were taken to the location they were found in a shopping cart thus the name shopping cart killer.

Two victims have been identified as Allene Elizabeth Redmon of Harrisonburg and Tonita Lorice Smith of Charlottesville.

Authorities believe Robinson met the victims online and took them to a motel where he killed them then transported them.

Authorities also believe there might be more victims of Robinson’s.

If anyone has any information or knows of missing women who might have been lured by Robinson to call the Fairfax Police Department at (703) 246-7800.

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