Law enforcement officials in Shenandoah County arrested 23 people and filed 105 drug-related charges against them Friday, the culmination of an investigation that lasted slightly more than a year.
Lt. Chris Baker, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said a majority of those arrested were part of a single conspiracy that involved mostly cocaine trafficking, although smaller amounts of marijuana and the synthetic drug molly, sometimes also known as MDMA or ecstasy, were also involved.
Baker said all of the arrests were made between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at various locations around the county, some at residences, some in public places. A majority of the defendants are from Toms Brook, Edinburg and areas in between, he said.
“They were taken into custody without incident,” Baker said of the defendants. “It was a successful day for us.”
The defendants are: Joseph Carroll Jr., of Woodstock; Frederick Petty, of Woodstock; Andrea Scalf, of Woodstock; Leonard Garris, of Woodstock; Ricky Wallace, of Edinburg; Bryant T. Daggit, of Star Tannery; Barbara Harlow, of Woodstock; Andrew Drummonds, of Woodstock; Amanda Dysart, of Edinburg; Scott Myers II, of Edinburg; Marty Wright, of Winchester; Kimberly K. Poe, of Winchester; Andrew Seal, of Woodstock; Lamont Jackson, of Toms Brook; Sarah Wallace, of Toms Brook; Kelli Thomas, of Woodstock; Jonathan Stephens, of Woodstock; Andrew Shoemaker, of Woodstock; Tammy Isenhart, of Woodstock; Sirreginald Benton, of Woodstock; Ricardo Gomes, of Woodstock; Kevin Casey, of Woodstock; DaShawn Edwards, of Front Royal.
Several other charges such as child endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon were also filed against a few of the defendants, Baker said. All except one were still being held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail as Friday night, Baker said.
Baker said the investigation began slightly more than a year ago. Law enforcement officials made the arrests Friday because “at some point, you just draw a line in the sand, and we just chose this point.”
A Facebook posting by the Sheriff’s Office said the investigation was triggered by complaints from several areas in the county about drug distribution. The investigation involved many controlled buys made with confidential informants in the targeted areas.
Other agencies participating in the investigation included the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, the Woodstock Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
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