Strasburg man charged with receiving drugs through mail

STRASBURG — The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Strasburg man Thursday on charges of drug possession with intent to distribute.

Matthew Thomas Sullivan, 21, of Strasburg, was arrested by law enforcement officials as a result of an investigation begun by Homeland Security agents after a package containing about 166 grams of Ecstasy destined for a residence on East Queen Street in Strasburg was seized, a criminal complaint states. The package of illegal drugs was being mailed through the U.S. Postal Service.

Sgt. Brent Lutz, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, executed an undercover operation Thursday where agents learned that the package was intended for Sullivan, as he arrived at the Queen Street residence to pick up the package. A cellphone at that house had text messages that showed that Sullivan was expecting the package to arrive.

Lutz said that law enforcement officials are still investigating the incident and are working to find who sent the package. He also said that they have not yet made any other arrests related to this case.

Sullivan has been released on his own recognizance. His first court date is set for June 9.

Contact staff writer Briahnna Brown at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or bbrown@nvdaily.com