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Ex-school board member faces felony drug charge
By PORTSIA SMITH
A former Westmoreland County School Board member and popular pizzeria owner was one of 21 people arrested this week on felony drug charges.
George “Bryan” Oliff, 49, of Montross was arrested Tuesday and is charged with five counts of distributing imitation drugs.
Oliff is the owner of Angelo’s Pizza and served on the Westmoreland County School Board for District 3 from 2003 to 2011.
Two of Oliff’s employees at the pizza restaurant were also charged.
Lois Gayle Wright, 36, of Newland is facing two counts of distributing imitation drugs and Josh R. Sanford, 31, is facing one count of distributing imitation drugs.
They are scheduled to appear in Westmoreland Circuit Court on June 1.
Westmoreland County Sheriff C.O. Balderson said when the substance was tested, it was negative for cocaine or any other schedule 1 or schedule 2 drugs.
Balderson said Tuesday’s arrests were part of Operation Impact, a yearlong drug investigation by the Tri-County Drug Taskforce, which consists of the Westmoreland, Caroline and King George Sheriff’s Offices, the Virginia State Police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Services.
The operation continued on Thursday when 18 more people were arrested, Balderson said.
William J. Ashe, 52, of Kinsale is charged with two counts each of cocaine distribution and conspiracy.
Aretha Y. Ashton, 44, of Hague is charged with distribution of oxycodone and child abuse/neglect. Her husband, 71-year-old Franklin A. Ashton is also charged with child abuse/neglect.
Christopher C. Baylor, 49, of Hague and Deborah D. Peyton, 45, of Colonial Beach are both charged with distribution of cocaine and conspiracy.
Anton L. Bibbens, 29; Charles L. Brooks, 28; Maurice S. Lee, 25, all from Hague and Samuel E. Smith, 27, of Montross are all charged with cocaine distribution.
Kenneth D. Honor II, 37, of Newport News is charged with distribution of cocaine-second offense.
DeAndre A. Reed, 22, and Quinton E. Turner, 28, both of Hague and Montross resident Michael A. Woodson, 36, are each charged with two counts of cocaine distribution.
Charles E. Rooney, 45, of Hague and Donald Edwin Carter, 58, of Lottsburg are charged with possession of marijuana. Carter is also charged with conspiracy.
Barbara A. Hinton, 55, of Kinsale is charged with two counts of distribution of oxycodone.
Oscar B. Hackett, 66, of Hague and Kevin M. Johnson, 48, of Montross, are both charged with distribution of oxycodone. Johnson is also charged with two counts of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
All arrests were made without incident and court dates for the 18 arrested Thursday are scheduled for Friday morning.
Balderson said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are pending. He said he could not confirm or deny if the Tuesday arrests and the Thursday arrests were directly connected.
The Northern Neck Regional Jail, Colonial Beach Police Department, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Social Services and the Virginia Department of Alcoholoc Beverage Control also assisted with the case, he said.