Man arrested; 123 pounds of pot confiscated

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A New York state man was arrested after troopers found 123 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle during a Wednesday traffic stop, State Police said.

The traffic stop was initiated for speeding and following too closely on Interstate 81 in Rockingham County. During the stop at mile marker 246, the driver, Jun Yan of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., consented to a search of his Toyota Sienna.

During the search, Virginia State Police discovered 123 boxes containing vacuum sealed packages of marijuana.

The 45-year-old Yan faces charges of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute and transporting more than 5 pounds of the drug into the state. In all, 123 pounds of marijuana with a street value of over $500,000 was confiscated.

Yan has been transported to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Regional Jail and is being held without bond.

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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SCPS and SCSO partner for vaping and drug initiative

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Shenandoah County Public Schools and Sheriff’s Office are partnering up to help inform students and parents about the dangers of vaping and drugs according to a recent announcement.

The school district and sheriff’s office will also review their current Memorandum of Understanding to ensure clear collaboration protocols are in place if a student overdoses.

The announcement also highlighted Governor Youngkin’s executive order in November that requires schools to notify parents within 24 hours of a school-connected overdose.

Both organizations released a Public Service Announcement along with the updates which focused on the dangers of Fentanyl and brought up the recent arrest in Shenandoah County of an individual with 3,500 fentanyl pills and the discovery of fentanyl in a student’s vehicle by a security officer earlier this school year.

A link to the full PSA is available here.

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Drug Court status for Warren County

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A luncheon to explain the highly anticipated Warren County Adult Drug Treatment Court  was held Tuesday July 12.

There were representatives from the successful Frederick County Drug Court there to explain how the court works and how successful it has been.

Through plea agreements non violent offenders who have failed in other programs could benefit from  the high demand intensive program.

The Drug Court is highly supervised offering intensive treatment for offenders.

The offenders are given 3 random drug test a week with prompt response for noncompliance.

The drug court program participant will spend 18 to 20 months in the program costing them approximately $900.

Additional funds would be provided by Valley Health and other organizations.

Warren County has the fifth highest per-capita overdose rate in the Commonwealth.

Warren County officials are hoping that the Adult Drug Treatment Court will offer offenders treatment for addictions as opposed to punishment.

The Adult Drug Treatment Court hopes to be established within a year in Warren County.

Shenandoah County is also working to establish a similar court.

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