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Drug investigation nets five arrests
Five people are facing charges in connection with a continuing drug investigation in Westmoreland County.
Quinton Baylor, 29, of Colonial Beach is charged with five counts of distribution of cocaine and conspiracy.
Robert N. Bibbens, 28, of Montross is charged with two counts each of cocaine distribution and conpiracy.
James P. Freye Jr., 40, of King George County and Calvester Rogers, 49, of Tucker Hill are both charged with three counts of cocaine distribution. This is at least the second offense for Freye, who also faces his third offense of heroin distribution, Balderson said.
Lewis W. Smith, 54, of Triangle is charged with two counts of distribution of oxycodone and conspiracy.
He said the arrests were part of Operation Impact, a yearlong drug investigation by the Tri-County Drug Task Force, which consists of the Westmoreland, Caroline and King George sheriff’s offices, Virginia State Police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
The operation began late last month when Angelo’s Pizza owner George “Bryan” Oliff, 49, a former District 3 School Board member, and two of his employees were arrested and charged with distribution of imitation drugs.
Eighteen other people were also arrested on charges that included distribution of cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana, Balderson said.
Balderson said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are pending.