Thousands of bags of heroin seized in bust

Law enforcement officials arrested two men Friday who are believed to have distributed more than two pounds of heroin around Front Royal and other parts of western Virginia.

Warren County Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron identified the two defendants as William Bonds, 30, of Newark, New Jersey and Andre Keyes, 30, of Martinsburg, West Virginia.

McEathron said in a written statement that Bonds and Keyes “were responsible for a significant amount of heroin being sold” in Front Royal and Warren County.

McEathron said Keyes was arrested in Martinsburg and Bonds in Newark. Both have been charged in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.

McEathron said the Front Royal and Warren County team of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force began the investigation with undercover purchases of small amounts of heroin that were later determined to have come from outside the state. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the West Virginia State Police Eastern Panhandle Narcotic and Violent Crime Task Force were brought in to assist in the investigation.

Bonds and Keyes were later identified as suppliers of the heroin, and several undercover transactions were conducted with them, McEathron said.

Keyes’ arrest and a search warrant executed at his residence in Martinsburg led to the seizure of 1,250 bags of heroin, about three pounds of marijuana, and an undisclosed amount of cash, McEathron said.

A total of 2,700 bags of heroin were seized from the defendants during the investigation, McEathron said.

Keyes is currently being held in the Rockingham County Jail and Bonds was arrested in Newark by ATF agents.

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