Drug charge sent to grand jury

WOODSTOCK – A Lebanon Church woman waived her right to a preliminary hearing in exchange for lesser charges in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday.

Victoria Lynn Helsley was charged with the possession of a Schedule-I or Schedule-II drug with the intent to distribute in June. However, that charge has since been reduced to a simple possession charge, as per an agreement with her attorney Dragana McCleary and Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley.

Helsley’s charge stems from an incident involving a stakeout by the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force in which she and Jerry Wayne Funk were arrested.

According to a proffer of the evidence from Funk’s hearing in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday from Wiseley, a package came through a U.S. Postal Service office addressed to Helsley when a postal worker detected a white powder leaking from the box.

The worker proceeded to alert authorities, who obtained a search warrant for Helsley’s residence. The law enforcement officers made their arrests when Helsley and Funk emerged from the house to pick up the package, which contained synthetic cannabanoids.

Funk accepted a plea deal Wednesday and has not yet been sentenced.

Helsley, out on bond, is facing a grand jury trial at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 in Shenandoah Circuit Court.

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