Occupants arrested after vehicle search for heroin

Three out-of-state residents were charged and jailed late Thursday after Warren County sheriff’s deputies found what they believe to be heroin inside the suspects’ car.

Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said that deputies found 71 small square envelopes and several bags containing suspected heroin. The bags were found on the rear floorboard, McEathron said.

The search of the car also turned up paraphernalia commonly associated with heroin usage, McEathron said.

The defendants were identified as Cheryl L. Gravenor 44, and Jake L. Carpenter, 32, both of Delaware, and Kevin L. Gravenor, 27, of Maryland. All were being held without bond in the Rappahannock Warren Shenandoah Regional Jail on Friday afternoon.

McEathron said in a written statement that two deputies conducted what was initially a traffic stop on a gray Lexus driven by Kevin Gravenor on the U.S. 522 entrance ramp to Interstate 66 West at about 11 p.m. Thursday.

The deputies approached the car and noticed Cheryl Gravenor trying to hide several hypodermic needles in the rear seat, McEathron said.

The deputies detained the three defendants and another passenger, who was later released with no charges filed.

Cheryl Gravenor has been charged with possession of heroin and possession of controlled paraphernalia. Jake Carpenter is charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell, possession of controlled paraphernalia and transporting into Virginia with the intent to sell heroin.

Kevin Gravenor was arrested as a fugitive being sought for a probation violation in Delaware.

McEathron said authorities do not believe that the defendants were selling or planning to sell heroin in the area.

“It appears they were just passing through,” McEathron said.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 635-4128.

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