Three people arrested in Mount Jackson drug bust

Law enforcement officials have arrested three people in Mount Jackson and charged each with attempted possession of percocet.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office identified the defendants as Kimberly Justice Reed, 27, and Paul Christopher Baker, 42, both of 2772 Bolliver Road, Fort Valley and Christopher Dale Hullihan, 45, of 40 Thorn Ave., Toms Brook.

Dellinger said the defendants were arrested as a result of a “reverse sting” in which law enforcement officials offer to sell drugs to suspected users.

Dellinger said members of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force and the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arranged to meet Reed, Baker and Hullihan at an “undisclosed” location in Mount Jackson. The purpose of the meeting was to arrest the defendants after they accepted an offer to purchase percocet.

The entire operation lasted from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. Dellinger said.

“They were arrested at the scene without incident,” Dellinger said of the defendants.

Dellinger said Reed and Baker were to each purchase 75 pills of percocet and Hullihan would buy 10 percocet pills under arrangements made before they met the law enforcement officials posing as drug dealers.

The Drugs.com web site describes percocet as an opioid-based medication used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain.

All three defendants have been released on bond. Their next court dates are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Jan. 9.

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