Strasburg woman charged with dealing drugs
STRASBURG – A town woman charged with bigamy now stands accused of dealing heroin from her home.
Virginia Stephanie Perry remains held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail after her arrest Tuesday on charges of manufacturing controlled substances, possession of drugs, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia as well as conspiracy to distribute drugs.
Perry, also known as Virginia Plaugher, is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court today. Authorities arrested Perry while she was free on bond on charges in the Circuit Court. A grand jury indicted Perry on Feb. 14 on two counts of bigamy and one count each of forging public records and possession of a controlled substance. Perry was scheduled to appear in Circuit Court on Wednesday but the court continued her cases to June 13 on the request of her defense attorney.
Authorities arrested Perry in a sting operation conducted by the RUSH Drug Task Force in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Special Agent P.W. Knott, with the Virginia State Police, filed an affidavit to search Perry’s home at 163 Aden Drive, Strasburg, that provided details of the operation. Authorities executed the search warrant at the residence Monday night and charged Perry the next day.
Members of the RUSH Drug Task Force met with a confidential informant in Harrisonburg earlier this month. Under Knott’s guidance, the informant made contact with a woman identified in the affidavit as Amy Miller in order to set up a narcotics deal for six bags for $100. Miller advised the informant that they would meet at the Burger King in Mount Jackson to complete the deal, the affidavit states. The informant received $100 in state police money and a digital wire for the transaction. The informant’s vehicle was searched with no contraband found.
While surveilling the informant from Harrisonburg to Mount Jackson, the informant received a phone call from Miller who said that the informant needed to go to her home at 165 Aden Drive in Strasburg and meet with her supplier named “Jenn” who also lives at the house to get the heroin, the affidavit states. The informant agreed and surveillance continued to Strasburg.
The informant arrived at 163 Aden Drive, parked on the street in front of the residence, walked to the front door and knocked. “Jenn” answered the door and invited the informant into the residence.
“While inside over brief small talk ‘Jenn’ pulled out a large pill bottle with several small silver square wrappers containing brown powder,” the affidavit states. “‘Jenn’ pulled out 6 of the silver squares and handed them to the CI.
“The CI then handed ‘Jenn’ the $100 of VSP monies to complete the deal,” the affidavit goes on to state. “‘Jenn’ then advised the CI to call her direct and not to call Amy Miller anymore because it would just be easier to do the deal that way.”
“Jenn” gave the phone number to contact her for any future deals.
“‘Jenn’ also advised the CI to be careful with the heroin and to use small amounts to test how strong it was because recently two people had overdosed upstairs on her heroin,” the affidavit states. “‘Jenn further stated that she had brown and white heroin for sale.”
The informant left 163 Aden Drive and met with the case agent at a predetermined location in Strasburg. The informant turned over the purchased narcotics to the case agent. The informant’s vehicle was searched with no contraband found. While debriefing about the drug deal, the informant identified a picture of Virginia Perry as possibly being the “Jenn” he met with and a man identified as Glenn Bodge who the informant said was extremely high lying on the living room couch, the affidavit states.
The silver square wrappers with brown powder substance field-tested positive for heroin, the affidavit notes.
A criminal history check of registered occupants at 163 Aden Drive shows that Amy Miller, Virginia Perry and Glenn Bodge all claim the Strasburg address. The criminal histories of the three individuals indicate that Perry has an active charge of narcotics possession in Shenandoah County courts and Bodge has five previous convictions for distributing illegal narcotics.
The inventory of evidence collected from the residence shows Knott seized loose tan or brown powder, a pill bottle containing pills and a plastic baggie of white powder, a methamphetamine pipe, drug paraphernalia, two cell phones belonging to Perry and a Fairfax County police badge.
Online court records did not show any recent charges placed against Amy Miller or Glenn Bodge related to the operation.