Final suspect arrested in connection with Stafford County heroin case
UPDATE: The Sheriff’s Office issued the following update late Monday afternoon:
Stafford, Va. The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that the last of the 11 suspects indicted by a Stafford County Grand Jury on Monday, March 24, 2014 and had been sought by the Sheriff’s Office has been arrested.
Corey Waters, age 20, of no fixed address was arrested in Virginia Beach, Virginia by the Virginia Beach Police Department yesterday, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Waters was taken into custody without incident.
At this time all 11 of the subjects indicted on March 24, 2104 in connection with heroin trafficking in the Stafford area have been arrested. This investigation into heroin trafficking in the Stafford County area is ongoing.
Two of the three fugitives wanted in a Stafford County heroin sting were arrested Friday.
James Anthony Cox, 25, and Jimmy Mills Jr., 34, both of Stafford, are charged with drug-related offenses.
Cox, accused of distributing imitation heroin, was arrested without incident Friday afternoon during a traffic stop in North Stafford.
Mills, whose charges include possession of heroin and possessing a firearm as a felon, turned himself in to police.
Cox and Mills are two of 11 people indicted Monday by a Stafford grand jury on charges stemming from an ongoing investigation into heroin trafficking in the county.
Eight of the 11 were arrested Thursday following early-morning raids at two county homes.
One suspect, 20-year-old Corey Waters, was still at-large Friday evening.
Sheriff Charles Jett said the in light of the growing heroin problem in Stafford and elsewhere, his office is placing special emphasis on identifying heroin dealers.
Jett said there have been 12 deaths as a result of heroin overdoses over the past year.
One of the suspected dealers, Jeannine Scenters of Oak Road, had her Garrisonville-area home raided Thursday. She is charged with two counts of distributing heroin.
An affidavit for a search warrant filed in Stafford Circuit Court shows that Detective M.E. Persson Jr. had a confidential informant make controlled heroin buys from Scenters in February and a few days before her arrest.
Police had the informant under visual surveillance as he or she entered the Oak Road residence, the affidavit states, and monitored the conversation inside.
Spoons with residue, smoking devices, baggies, pills, hypodermic needles and a cellphone were among the items seized from the home.
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