BRNGTF concludes six month investigation with drug arrest

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The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force confirmed by email that they have  concluded a six month investigation on May 25 after the arrest of a Rappahannock resident.

Eric L. Butler, 45, was arrested following a search warrant of his property that uncovered 100 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of heroin, 100 grams of marijuana and $21,792 cash.

The street value of the drugs is estimated at $18,000.

Officers also seized seven firearms and a 2009 Chevy Tahoe in the search.

He was charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to distribute schedule I/II drug, one felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one felony count of possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule I/II drug, and one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Butler is being held at RSW Regional Jail on a secured bond.

The Task Force also thanked law enforcement from surrounding areas and the Virginia State Police for their assistance in the investigation.

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Women dies of overdose in custody at EWVRJ

The West Virginia Department of Corrections announced that 25 year old Morgan Bussard died in custody at Eastern West Virginia Regional Jail in Martinsburg on Monday.

She supposedly swallowed a foreign substance during booking which led to a self inflicted overdose.

The woman was originally arrested when she was spotted using controlled substances with another woman at a pizza restaurant on Queen Street while minors were in the back of the car.

When officers arrived and discovered drug paraphernalia, a struggle ensued as Bussard attempted to hide the substances.

She did not comply with officer requests during booking which was when she swallowed the substance and became ill shortly after.

The incident remains under investigation.

The minors in the car were unharmed and taken into custody of another family member.

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WPD make a major drug arrest

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A news release from the Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced a major narcotics arrest on April 29.

California resident Obamdidamu Newton was arrested in a Winchester motel room on Valley Avenue.

The proactive enforcement officers of the WPD led to a search of Newton’s room which netted approximately $30,000 in narcotics and a firearm.

A backpack in the 35 year old Newton’s room was found to contain, all approximate amounts.

Eight ounces of Methamphetamine, 27 grams of Crack Cocaine, a quarter pound of Marijuana, 2.5 ounces of Psychedelic Mushrooms and 75 Ecstasy pills.

Authorities also confiscated almost $5500 in currency and a stolen 9 millimeter handgun from Newton’s room.

Newton faces charges of possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony and possession of a stolen firearm.

Newton also faces times 5 possession charges with the intent to distribute narcotics.

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