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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REC expands its workforce and readies for tonight’s 1/6 weather

An email from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) confirms they are recovering from Mon.’s storm and prepared for tonight’s Jan. 6 chance of inclement weather.

REC has called in additional support in advance of the storm and to assist with past repairs.

The cooperative and their support have already restored more than 30,000 members who lost power in the previous storm.

REC has called in additional support with hundreds of mutual aid workers on their way.

Those on the way will join the over 1,000 employees who are already on the job for REC.

Needed information on preparing for the storm and or report past problems is at myrec.coop including warming shelters serving counties that are served by the cooperative.

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