CAROLINE CROSSROADS Free Lance-Star reporter Robyn Sidersky covers Caroline County government and schools. You can reach her at 540/374-5413 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow coverage on Facebook or Twitter as well.February 5th, 2011, 12:30 am
Mother and son facing drug charges
Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa reported that Caroline Narcotics Investigators have arrested a Mother‐Son team for
charges relating to the illegal distribution of prescription pills and seized over $6,000.00 worth of OxyContin.
On January 31, 2011, The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office Special Emergency Response Team executed a Search Warrant
at 24272 Jefferson Davis Hwy in the Ruther Glen area of Caroline County.
The Search Warrant was a result of a drug-investigation conducted by the Caroline Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division.
During the warrant, Investigators say they_seized over $6,000.00 worth of the widely abused prescription pill OxyContin, over $2,500.00 in cash, marijuana and
numerous drug distribution related items.
The mother, 39 year old Julie M. Grooms, and her son, 18 year old James J. Valdez, were both arrested for possessing
OxyContin with the intent to distribute. Following their arrests, both were held at Pamunkey Regional Jail without
Sheriff Tony Lippa:
“The abuse and illegal sale of prescription pills has increased tremendously in recent years. This is
mainly due to prescription pills being easier to obtain than most street drugs. Your Caroline Sheriff’s
Office had received numerous citizen complaints and tips about this home and the alleged illegal drug
activity taking place there. Do in part to the involvement of the Caroline County community; narcotics
Investigators were able to put a stop to this mother‐son team. I would again like to thank the
concerned citizens who continue to provide information to your Caroline Sheriff’s Office and make
operations like this one a success. Together we will win the fight against crime”.