Winchester resident is convicted of drug distribution

In a news release from the United States Department of Justice it was announced that Robert Lockhart has been convicted.

The Winchester resident was convicted by a federal jury for conspiring with others to distribute 100 grams of heroin or more.

Some of the drugs have been linked to causing serious bodily injury.

The Northwestern Virginia Drug and Gang Task Force (NVDGTF) conducted the investigation that led to the arrest of several individuals including the 33 year old Lockhart.

Evidence that was presented indicated that Lockhart was connected to a drug pipeline between Maryland and Front Royal.

The Front Royal team of the NVDGTF was able to identify more than 30 overdoses that could be connected to the Front Royal Maryland pipeline.

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High speed chase starts in W.VA. and ends in Frederick County

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A high speed chase hitting speeds of up to 90 mph started in West Virginia and ended in Frederick County.

Timothy Barth was witnessed by an off duty police officer almost colliding with a school bus.

The officer followed Barth down Rt. 340 into Clarke County where Clarke County authorities took pursuit.

Barth fled onto Rt. 7 into Frederick County reaching speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

Police had to use spike strips twice to slow the vehicle.

It was reported that Barth smelled of alcohol with slurred speech.

Barth who has a Pennsylvania address admitted that he had been drinking at Hollywood Casino.

Barth has been charged with eluding police along with his fourth subsequent offense of driving under the influence within ten years along with driving with a revoked license and refusing a field test.

The offender is being held without bond for a Dec. 14 court date and reportedly told authorities he didn’t want to stop because he wanted to get home.

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Front Royal Police arrest an assault suspect

Front Royal Police have arrested Michael Craig of Massanutten Ave. Front Royal on two counts of malicious wounding.

Two victims allege they were assaulted by Craig on west 11 Street in Front Royal.

The suspect left the scene on foot to be apprehended 2 blocks away.

The victims who were struck multiple times in the face and head were transported to Warren Memorial Hospital for their injuries.

Craig is being held without bond with a Nov. 30 court date.

Anyone with additional information in the case is asked to contact the Front Royal Police department at (540) 636-2208.

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NVRDGTF arrest 83 on narcotics charges

A collaborative law enforcement effort called Operation Valley Venue 9 produced 83 charges and over $130,000 in illegal drugs confiscated in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

The three day operation enabled the arrest of individuals for illegal narcotics in the City of Winchester, Clarke, Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah and Page Counties.

The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force netted 73 felony charges, 8 probation violations and 2 misdemeanor charges.

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Linden resident faces multiple charges

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Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) arrested Shawn Michael West age 58 of Linden on a number of charges.

West was apprehended near Winchester Road and Route 66 after a high risk traffic stop by Front Royal Police.

West is accused of firing shots in the Red Robin Lane area of Linden then fleeing the scene.

With his arrest West has been charged with a single count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reckless handing of firearm and transporting a firearm in violation of a protection order.

No one was injured in the incident with West scheduled for court Aug. 18.

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WCSO make arrest in theft ring

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) made three arrest involving a suspected criminal enterprise operating in Warren County.

After raiding two Warren County properties, one at River Isle Lane the other at Western Drive a number of items were discovered.

Authorities confiscated firearms, drugs, vehicles and a number of stolen items from the properties.

Children and animals had to be taken into custody for their protection as well.

Troy Michael Brill, Christina S. Hottinger and Philip V. Robertson are some of the first to be arrested in this ongoing investigation.

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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.

By MATTHEW BARAKAT

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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