WOODSTOCK – Authorities say two Shenandoah County residents walked a mile to sell drugs only to find the buyer was an informant.
A grand jury indicted Bradley Allen Dinges in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday on one count each of manufacturing or distributing a controlled substance and selling a schedule III controlled substance. Indictments charge Dinges with committing the alleged offenses on Aug. 14, 2018. Dinges, 23, with a last known address of Toms Brook, had been free on bond while charged with possession of a controlled substance that authorities alleged occurred July 5, 2017, when he was arrested Aug. 14, 2018. Dinges was released on bond from Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Oct. 3, 2018.
Virginia police Special Agent Robert N. Lawson filed a criminal complaint for an arrest warrant for Dinges’ charges related to the Aug. 14, 2018, offense. The complaint states that Lawson picked up a confidential informant to buy Suboxone under the agent’s instructions. The informant contacted Bradley Dinges and Victoria Campbell to buy 10 Suboxone pills for $200, the complaint states. Dinges and Campbell told the informant that they would meet the informant at the Sheetz in Mount Jackson to make the deal, according to Lawson.
“Victoria text(ed) the CI and told the CI to give Victoria and Bradley a heads up since Bradley and Victoria had a mile to walk to get to the deal,” Lawson states.
The informant received a text at approximately 11:45 a.m. stating Dinges and Campbell were on their way. Members of the Northwest Regional Drug and Gang Task Force saw Dinges and Campbell walk on Tisinger Road from the location the informant said the suspects would be coming from.
“Once detained the suboxone was located on Bradley,” the complaint states. “Victoria was read her Miranda rights and Victoria said yes Bradley and Victoria was (sic) on the way to Sheetz to sell suboxone.”
A magistrate states in a checklist for bail determinations completed during Dinges’ booking at the jail that the defendant “stresses he does have a prescription for the suboxone.
“The defendant committed these two felonies while on release for his” possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance, the magistrate states.
Dinges has prior convictions for possession of marijuana, shoplifting and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.
Authorities also charged Campbell, 30, of Woodstock, with manufacturing or distributing a controlled substance and conspiracy to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance on Aug. 14, 2018. Campbell faces a preliminary hearing on the charges in Shenandoah County General District Court on March 15. Campbell was released on bond from the jail on Oct. 16.
Dinges remains held without bond at the regional jail pending his next scheduled court appearance on Friday.