Three arrested on heroin charges in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK — A man and two women from Baltimore were arrested just before midnight Tuesday and charged with heroin-trafficking offenses.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspects as Tyree E. McCellan, 18, Nashia K. Johnson, 18, and Jamilia N. Johnson, 19.

McCellan is being held without bond at the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail. Nashia Johnson and Jamilia Johnson are being held on $5,000 secured bond, also at RSW.

Proctor said members of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force arrested all three defendants without incident while they were occupying the same vehicle.

“The case involved personnel assigned to the drug task force,” Proctor said. “They conducted a controlled purchase of heroin using a confidential informant. In this case, they were able to buy 10 grams of what is believed to be heroin.”

Proctor said the alleged purchase was made in a town parking lot, but he had no information on its exact location.

Heroin users and dealers from the northern Shenandoah Valley have been traveling to Baltimore where they make purchases and bring the drug back for sale and their own personal use. Law enforcement authorities seldom cite instances of dealers from Baltimore visiting the area to conduct transactions.

Proctor said he was unsure if the latest arrests signify a change in how and where local dealers are acquiring heroin.

“There is clearly a connection to the Baltimore, Maryland, area, “ Proctor said. “In this case, it just happened to take place here in the county.”

All three defendants are scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court at 9 a.m. Dec. 12.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com