51 charges filed in annual probation checkup

Area law enforcement agencies made house calls last week to check on people serving probation time.

Lt. Chris Baker, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said authorities with the sheriff, the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, Strasburg Police Department and state probation and parole services worked together on the Valley Venue annual operation.

In total, authorities visited 33 homes, executed 20 probation searches, referred 11 parole violations to parole officers and issued two more on the spot, charged different parolees with 51 charges, opened up six drug cases, arrested seven people and seized an undisclosed amount of marijuana, cocaine, prescription pills and heroin.

Baker said the statistics for the weekend are roughly on par with previous years, but this will be the only operation of its kind for another year or so.

“We typically just do these annually, however, standard probation enforcement will still apply,” he said.

Although the Fourth Amendment protects citizens from searches and seizures without a warrant, those released on probation are subject to the unannounced searches.

Along with the charges he listed, Baker said more are still to come pending investigations and cataloging of evidence.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com