10 arrested in largest heroin seizure in county history
WOODSTOCK — Deputies arrested 10 people on drug and gun charges Friday and Saturday during an operation that led to the largest known heroin seizure in the county’s history, authorities announced.
A “concerned citizen” alerted the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office to the alleged heroin sales, Sgt. Robert Poe with the Sheriff’s Office said. A criminal complaint in the case states the transactions were conducted in a room in the Hampton Inn & Suites in town. Investigators executed a search warrant for the room on Friday afternoon, the complaint states, and encountered Jeffrey Craig Mays, 41, of Front Royal, Dietrich Day II, 27, of Edinburg, and Anthony Benjamin Testerman, 24, of Mount Jackson.
The three had just returned from Baltimore where they bought heroin, the complaint states, and a search of the room led to the discovery of 80 grams of heroin, which originated in Baltimore. Another 20 grams of heroin were found in Testerman’s crotch area during a search at the processing center. Poe estimates that the 100 total grams of heroin had a street value of at least $13,000.
During the search, the complaint states, investigators found two children in the hotel room, ages 6 and 7 years old, and the three men were aware the children were there. Testerman was charged with two counts of child endangerment, along with conspiracy to distribute heroin and heroin possession with intent to distribute charges.
There were also two handguns found in the room. Mays was charged with possessing a firearm while possessing a controlled substance along with the heroin possession, heroin possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute heroin. Day was also charged with heroin possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute heroin.
Investigators also arrested several suspected heroin buyers in the course of their investigation, including Christine Marian Barb, 47, Jamie Jon Andrade, 49, and Tyler Allen Biller, 19, all of Mount Jackson; Makalyla Dawn Hottinger, 22, of Edinburg; Hollye Beth Hullihen, 33, of Timberville; Brandon Scott Blankenberg, 21, of Broadway; and Mikayla Maier, 19, with no fixed address. All were charged with heroin possession or attempted heroin possession.
Andrade, Biller, Hottinger, Blankenberg and Maier have hearings set for Oct. 13 in Shenandoah County General District Court. All have been released from custody. It is unclear when Barb is set to appear in court.
Testerman, Day and Hullihen do not have hearings set until April 2 in the same court. They remain in custody at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Mays has a hearing set for today in general district court.