Woman charged with dealing heroin in county

WOODSTOCK – Authorities accused a Shenandoah County woman of dealing heroin multiple times over the past few months.

WOODSTOCK – Authorities accused a Shenandoah County woman of dealing heroin multiple times over the past few months.

Tiffany Bowman Lopez appeared in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Tuesday where she stands charged with six counts of distribution of heroin and two counts of conspiracy to distribute the drug. A grand jury indicted Lopez, 29, of Quicksburg, on the eight felony counts on June 13 and authorities arrested her last week on a bench warrant. Judge Dennis L. Hupp scheduled Lopez’s next appearance in the court for Sept. 5.

Documents filed in the court indicate that the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation in January by setting up heroin deals with Lopez using a confidential informant.

Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office investigators assigned to the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force conducted “an extensive, long-term investigation on Tiffany Bowman Lopez,” Investigator C.R. Rickard states in an affidavit for a search warrant executed at the residence.

Agents assigned to the task force initiated an investigation between Jan. 16 and May 1 during which Lopez made approximately six transactions with confidential informants for heroin, the affidavit states. The incidents occurred in Shenandoah County, the last two encounters taking place on April 26 and May 1 at Lopez’s home.

Investigator K.A. Stroop spoke with another confidential informant on June 26 who said Lopez distributed drugs from her home on Quicksburg Road, the affidavit states. The informant said Lopez traveled to the Baltimore, Maryland metropolitan area on the evening of June 25 to buy heroin. The informant told the investigator that Lopez maintains possession of the heroin at her home and frequently distributes the drug in the presence of her children, the affidavit notes.

Authorities executed the search warrant at 2659 Quicksburg Road, Quicksburg, on June 27. Agents seized scales, drug paraphernalia and cell phones from Lopez’s residence as a result of the search, the inventory shows.

Rickard also obtained a warrant to search the data in a cellphone found in Lopez’s possession when authorities arrested her June 27. The warrant affidavit states she had heroin and methamphetamine on her. Lopez told an investigator during an interview that she used her cellphone to conduct drug transactions. Rickard states that drug users and suppliers commonly use electronic communication devices to conduct transactions.