Two arrested after narcotics investigation

Investigators with the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force arrested and charged two people with drug possession after a narcotics investigation at a residence on Thursday.

Victoria Lynn Helsley, of Lebanon Church, was charged with possession of a schedule I or II drug with intent to distribute. Jerry Wayne Funk, of Winchester, was charged with possession of a schedule I or II drug.

Lt. Chris Baker of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said the two were found with suspected synthetic cannabinoids on their person when investigators executed a warrant on a residence off of John Marshall Highway.

“They actually had a package that was delivered to their house that contained synthetic cannabinoids,” he said. “We’d got information that that package was delivered to the house.”

Baker said there’s a possibility that the package was a result of an online order, and said law enforcement is still looking into any connections the two have with others in the area. He said the charges differ because of the amount of the drug found on each individual. The package containing the drugs was addressed to Helsley, he said.

According to online state court records, Funk has several cases filed in Shenandoah courts. He pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a controlled substance and one count of possessing a schedule I or II drug in Shenandoah Circuit Court in May. Helsley has no previous drug-related charges listed in Shenandoah courts.

Funk is being held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail and Helsley was released on bond. Both are scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court – Funk on July 12 and Helsley on Aug. 12.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com

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