Investigators with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people Tuesday during an undercover drug operation.
William Kenneth Hunt Fletcher stands charged in Shenandoah County General District Court with two counts each of distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine.
Investigators also arrested Christina Lee Ortiz and charged her with one count each of distribution of methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute the drug.
Fletcher, 32, of 527 S. Main St., Woodstock, appeared in the district court on Friday with his appointed attorney Charles Ramsey. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Strecky appeared for the prosecution. However, Ramsey advised Judge Amy Tisinger that he cannot represent Fletcher because of a conflict of interest. Tisinger appointed Bradley Pollack to represent Fletcher.
Ortiz, 35, of 25910 Old Valley Pike, Toms Brook, remains free on bond following her release from Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail the day after her arrest. Ortiz is scheduled to appear in the district court March 8.
A criminal complaint filed with Ortiz’ case states that investigators from the Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug transaction with Fletcher, who arrived with Ortiz on Tuesday. Fletcher completed the transaction for 3 1/2 grams through a confidential source of information, the complaint states. Investigators conducted surveillance throughout the day and found Ortiz in a vehicle at 1011 S. Main St., Woodstock. Investigators approached a vehicle and smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside. Aaron N. Springer, with the Sheriff’s Office, saw the accused put an object under the console of the vehicle. Investigators searched the vehicle and found two plastic baggies in the area in which Ortiz had her hand. The baggies contained suspect methamphetamine, the complaint states.
Springer also found a wallet belonging to Ortiz that contained money used during the drug transaction earlier in the day, the complaint states. Springer confirmed the serial numbers shown in photographs taken of the currency before the deal, according to the complaint.
A magistrate states in a checklist used to determine bail that Ortiz was not seen buying or distributing the drug but had the marked bills in her possession. The magistrate granted her release on a $6,000 secured bond.