VA First Lady and Attorney General launch Fentanyl Awareness Pilot Program

Virginia’s First Lady Suzanne Youngkin and Attorney General Jason Miyares announced the launch of the Fentanyl Awareness Pilot Program at the Fraline Biomedical Research Institute in Roanoke.

The first-of-its-kind initiative is in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health, the First Lady’s Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and the Attorney General’s “One Pill Can Kill” campaign.

The pilot program hopes to warn parents and caregivers that “It only takes one.”

One counterfeit pill or decision could contribute to Virginia’s average of five fentanyl deaths each day.

Fentanyl poisoning is the leading cause of unnatural death in Virginia and deaths from the drug have doubled in certain regions around the state since 2019.

Fentanyl can be mixed with other drugs or made to look like prescriptions with the user often unaware of the presence of fentanyl.

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82 people indicted in WV drug trafficking network

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82 people were indicted by a federal grand jury for their role in a drug trafficking network in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia distributing fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

Individuals from Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia were charged, including Gary Bernard Brown Jr, 38 of Baltimore, who is believed to have supplied large quantities of fentanyl for distribution in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties.

The investigation discovered 10 kilograms of fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, firearms, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and assets.

This enforcement effort was a part of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces operation dedicated to identifying, disrupting, and dismantling high level crime organizations.

11 of the 82 defendants are still at large including Kendall Axavier Baker, 31 of Winchester, and 9 others from the Eastern Panhandle.

A full list of the defendants at large is available here.

If you have any information on this case or the individuals, contact the US Marshal’s office at 1-877-926-8332.

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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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Executive Order issued in response to Loudoun County overdoses

Governor Glenn Youngkin issued an Executive Order in response to the nine student overdoses of fentanyl at Park View High School in Loudoun County over the last month.

In the last year, 19 juveniles in Loudoun County have suffered an opioid overdose.

The order directs the Virginia Department of Education to guide school districts to ensure all parents are notified of school-connected overdoses within 24 hours, enhance student education about drug abuse, and work closely with law enforcement to prevent overdoses.

According to the release from Governor Youngkin, the Loudoun County Public School division waited more than twenty days to notify parents of the overdose incidents.

The Governor’s office previously introduced the One Pill Can Kill campaign and the Right Help Right Now initiative to attempt to reverse the trend of increasing overdoses by Virginians.

To view the Governor’s release or the full Executive Order, click here.

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SCSO provides an update on the possession of fentanyl by a child

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Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter provided an update regarding the fentanyl pill discovered in the possession of a child.

The single pill was discovered in a vehicle at one of the Shenandoah County Public Schools.

SCSO and the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force have worked cases since the incident which have led to the arrest of an individual believed to be the suspect in this case.

Dylan Christopher Whitmoyer, 23, has been charged with one conut of distribution of a schedule I or II drug and conspiracy to distribute a schedule I or II drug.

He was arrested in Prince William County.

Shenandoah County investigators seized over 3,500 pressed fentanyl pills, a glock 9 handgun and over $12,000 cash.

Whitmoyer was taken to the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center.

He was held on a secured bond of $5,000.

The case is still under investigation.

Sheriff Carter believes the investigation will lead to additional charges.

Sheriff Carter also wants to remind parents that these pills were planned to be distributed in the community and to have a discussion with your child about the legality and devastation of these drugs.

A link to the full video announcement is available here.

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WCNTF makes arrest following search and seizure

Washington County Narcotics Task Force announced the arrest of Corey James Douglas, 45, following a search and seizure at an address on West Wilson Boulevard in Hagerstown.

Douglas had three outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest.

He was found in the possession of what is suspected to be over 100 grams of fentanyl, 30 grams of crack cocaine, and one handgun which he was prohibited from owning.

He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center on a variety of charges.

WCNTF wanted to thank the Hagerstown Police Department Criminal Investigation Unit for their help in the case.

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SCSO seizes 30 grams of fentanyl in arrest

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Investigators from the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office report that they conducted a controlled buy and subsequent  traffic stop that led to the seizure of 30 grams of fentanyl and an arrest on Thursday, May 18th.

Danielle Marie Bryant, 35, of Hopewell, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell or distribute.

The 30 grams of fentanyl she possessed had a street value of $3,000 and just 2 milligrams can become a lethal dose.

She was released on an unsecured bond of $7,500.

Her court date is set for June 9th, 2023 at 9:00 AM at Shenandoah County General District Court.

The investigation was part of the Sheriff’s Office efforts with the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force.

SCSO also thanked the New Market, Strasburg, and Front Royal Police Departments as well as the Virginia State Police for their help in the investigation.

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Warren Coalition hosts fentanyl discussion with special guest

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The Warren Coalition is holding a presentation titled “Fentanyl 101: Understanding the New Weapon of Mass Destruction” on Tuesday, May 23rd at Samuels Public Library.

The event will have a special guest speaker to start the presentation in the Honorable James “Jim” Carroll, a former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The presentation will be offered at noon and again at 6:30 pm.

Carroll will only be attending the noon session.

Warren Coalition Executive Director Christa Shifflett will speak at both sessions about the basics and trends surrounding fentanyl including how opioids affect the body, tips for preventing misuse, and how to help those struggling with addiction.

A Q&A session will follow each presentation and feel free to bring lunch or dinner with you.

For more information on the event, email wc@warrencoalition.org.

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BRNGTF investigation leads to four arrests

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The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force and the Prince William County Police Department Street Crimes Unit announced the execution of a search warrant on March 23rd at a residence on Toms Way in Fauquier County.

Officers uncovered a variety of illegal drugs including 104.17 grams of fentanyl, 43.3 grams of crack cocaine, 38.45 grams of powder cocaine, 29.5 grams of methadone, and 51.7 grams of marijuana, $4,285.11 cash, and 7 handguns, one of which was reported stolen.

Tanya M. Dodson, Quintin J. Gilliam, and Timon D. Koregan were arrested on a variety of drug and gun charges including possession with the intent to distribute a schedule I/II substance, possession of a schedule I/II substance, and possession of a firearm while in possession of schedule I/II substance. 

Timothy Fields was also taken into custody due to four outstanding warrants.

All are being held without bond at the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center.

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Martinsburg traffic stop leads to drugs and gun arrest

Martinsburg Police Department’s PFC Condo initiated a traffic stop at 9:25 pm on March 23rd of a Dodge Charger operating without lights.

The officer smelled marijuana and saw a handgun on the floor.

After a search of the vehicle, officers seized a Glock handgun, $579.00, and what is believed to be 123 Fentanyl pills, 89 Percocet, 7.6 grams of crack cocaine, oxycodone, and marijuana.

The driver, Ein Chase Kidrick, was charged with five counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, felony conspiracy, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and his third offense of driving on a suspended license.

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