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Stafford arrests 3 more in heroin crackdown

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BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Rice

Rice

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office’s ongoing crackdown on heroin trafficking in the area has resulted in three more arrests.

Allison Dawn Rice, 26, and Quinn Marie Gold, 19, both of Spotsylvania County, and Berry Solomon Evans, 40, of no fixed address were arrested early Wednesday morning and placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Gold

Gold

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said the arrests were part of a continuing effort by the Sheriff’s Office to curtail the heroin trade in the county.

Police said there have been 12 deaths attributed to heroin overdoses over the past 14 months and a county grand jury recently indicted 11 people on heroin-related charges.

Evans

Evans

The most recent arrests stem from an investigation into heroin trafficking along the U.S. 17 (Warrenton Road) corridor.

Using information obtained from informants and surveillance, detectives obtained a search warrant for a room at the Howard Johnson motel and found Evans in the room, along with about $3,500 worth of heroin, Kennedy said. Marijuana was also seized during the raid.

The investigation linked Rice and Gold to the same room, Kennedy said.

Evans is charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Rice and Gold are charged with possession of heroin and conspiracy to violate the Drug Control Act.

Preliminary hearings for all three are scheduled for July 30 in Stafford General District Court.

“The Stafford Sheriff’s Office is continuing its active and aggressive investigation into heroin trafficking in our area,” Sheriff Charles Jett said. “I have committed every asset the Sheriff’s Office possesses to eliminating this danger that is threatening Stafford County.”

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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