Six facing charges in regional drug busts
Authorities arrested at least six people in Shenandoah County late last week as part of a multi-county crackdown on drug sales and usage.
The operation, dubbed Valley Venue, has become an annual activity conducted in late April by local law enforcement officials under the auspices of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force.
A complete list of arrests was unavailable late Monday. Special Agent Jay Perry of the Virginia State Police, coordinator of the task force, said more details will be available Tuesday. The task force’s jurisdiction covers Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah, Page and Clarke counties and Winchester.
“We’re still compiling data from Thursday and Friday and from all up and down the valley from Winchester to Page County,” Perry said of Valley Venue. “It’s kind of a roundup-type thing.”
Most of the alleged offenses were committed from the middle to the end of 2014 and involved the issuance of arrest warrants from months ago that were executed last week.
The defendants were identified as: Richard Lee Roach, 50, and Tina Lynn Roach, 51, both of 9171 Congress St., New Market; Danielle Elizabeth Thorson, 26, of 1972 Artz Road, Woodstock; Tara Ashley Bly, 26, of 225 S. Charles St., Strasburg; David Alan Campbell, 44, of 157 Deer Trail, Mount Jackson; and John Cletis Dolly, 37, of 105 Millertown Road, Edinburg.
All of those arrested in Shenandoah County were charged with illegal possession or sale of a drug, most commonly prescription pills or marijuana. Thorson was also accused of possession of heroin.
Authorities said that Dolly’s case involved an overdose of synthetic marijuana, more commonly called “spice,” while he was working at George’s Chicken in Edinburg in December.
All of the defendants were released from Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional jail on secure or unsecured bond amounts ranging from $1,000 to $3,500. All have court dates pending in Shenandoah County General District Court.
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