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Narcotics investigation names three from area

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Three Fredericksburg-area residents are facing charges as a result of a two-month narcotics investigation in Prince William County that focused on heroin and prescription drug distribution, and led to more than 65 arrests.

Operation Dragon Slayer began in April and led detectives to obtain 86 arrest warrants last week and 19 search warrants, one of which was a residence on Maryanne Avenue in Stafford County.

According to Jonathan Perok of the Prince William Police Department, more than $100,000 in cash was seized along with suspected illegal narcotics thought to include heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana. Also seized were suspected prescription medication, evidence of distribution, paraphernalia and multiple firearms, including handguns, shotguns and rifles, he said.

Police are searching for 35-year-old Joshua Leon Bachar of Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg and 43-year-old Simian Yon Simmons of Sweetwater Court in Stafford. Both are wanted for distribution of a schedule I or II narcotic.

Aundrea Deanna Deberry, 19, of Stafford is charged with possession of a schedule I or II narcotic.

Perok said detectives from the Prince William County–Manassas City–Manassas Park Narcotics Task Force, in conjunction with additional units of the Prince William County Police Special Investigations Bureau, were assisted in this operation by the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office, the Adult Detention Center and the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, with aviation support from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

He said this operation is similar to a November 2013 narcotics operation called Blue Dragon that focused on enforcement action and education of street-level users of these narcotics. That operation resulted in more than 40 arrests, he said.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419