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Search for body continues on Belle Plains Road in Stafford; White Oak man arrested on drug charges
UPDATE: As of noon Wednesday, authorities in Stafford County said they have not uncovered anything at the dig site.
Stafford County authorities continued Tuesday with a search and digging operation in the White Oak area that has spawned countless rumors among residents in the area.
Sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur wouldn’t say what police are looking for, but other sources said authorities have received information that a body is buried in the Belle Plains Road area in southeastern Stafford.
In response to a reporter’s question, Decatur said that no bodies had been found.
Decatur said the police went to 881 Belle Plains Road Saturday to execute a drug-related search warrant.
A resident there, 58-year-old Dennis Paul Benzie, was arrested on multiple charges following the raid and is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
Decatur said police had been investigating Benzie for some time.
Court records show seven charges of distributing methamphetamines that stemmed from alleged incidents that occurred between June 14, 2010 and March 25, 2011. All but one of the seven cases occurred in 2010.
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Benzie was also charged with five new offenses following the raid, Decatur said. Those charges include, possession of methamphetamines, possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs, possessing a firearm as a felon and possession of marijuana.
Decatur said police began searching and digging based on information gathered by detectives during the raid.
The operation was noticed by numerous residents and by Monday neighbors were reporting hearing that as many as seven bodies had been dug up.
It was not clear Tuesday how long the search would continue. Search warrants for the property had not been filed in the county courthouse as of Tuesday.
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