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Drug probe leads to 15 arrests
BY PORTSIA SMITH
Fifteen people were arrested in Westmoreland County early Wednesday morning as part of a drug investigation.
According to Westmoreland Sheriff C.O. Balderson, the arrests started at 4 a.m. and were part of Operation Heatwave, a five-month undercover 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 following people were arrested:
Elizabeth D. Speer, 21, and Daniel G. Daras, 25, both of Colonial Beach, are each charged with one count of distribution of prescription pills and one count of conspiracy.
Mandy L. Bourne, 32, of Coles Point is charged with one count of distribution of prescription pills.
Benjamin C. Fuchs, 27, of Colonial Beach and Glinda M. Marchetti, 48, of Hague are both charged with two counts of distributing prescription pills. Fuchs is also charged with conspiracy.
Carrie C. Colley, 44, of Kinsale is charged with three counts of distribution of prescription pills, two counts of conspiracy and one count of child abuse/neglect.
Lynn M. Tolson, 24, of Kinsale, is charged with two counts of distribution of prescription pills, one count of conspiracy and one count of child abuse/neglect.
Theresa Ramos–Fernandez, 51, of Colonial Beach and Robert J. Allison IV, 24, and Rodney X. Gorham, 39, both of Placid Bay Estates in Oak Grove, are charged with distribution of crack cocaine.
William A. Smith, 63, of Oak Grove is charged with possession of cocaine.
A search warrant was executed in the 300 block of 2nd Street, where police seized narcotics, a handgun, ammunition and drug paraphernalia. As a result, Charles B.W. Sneed, 20 of Colonial Beach was charged with possession of more than a half-ounce of marijuana.
Quenton C. Baylor, 29, of Oak Grove is charged with distribution of more than a half-ounce of marijuana.
Robert D. Reynolds, 27, Montross is charged with two counts of distribution of crack cocaine, third offense. He already was incarcerated at the Northern Neck Regional Jail.
The Tappahannock Police Department and Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control assisted with this case.
Balderson said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are pending.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419