Two arrested after Amherst County authorities seize more than $1.5K fentanyl, stolen gun
Two people were arrested after authorities seized more than $1,500 worth of fentanyl, a stolen gun, meth, and suspected counterfeit pills during a narcotics investigation, according to the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office.
Police: Nelson County teen charged after more than $4k in cash, drugs, 9 guns seized during investigation
An 18-year-old from Nelson County has been arrested in Charlottesville after authorities seized 9 guns, drugs, and more than $4,000 in cash on Wednesday, according to the Charlottesville Police Department.
VSP: Roanoke trio charged after more than $1M in drugs, 20 guns seized during investigation
Three people from Roanoke have been arrested after the Star City Drug and Violent Crime Task Force seized drugs, firearms, and cash as a result of a long-term, multi-county-wide investigation, according to Virginia State Police.
Montgomery County receives first payments from nationwide opioid settlements
Virginia and its localities are expected to receive approximately $530 million over a period of 16 years in the settlements with three drug distributors McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen Corp., and Cardinal Health, and a prescription opioid manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceutical, according to Attorney General Miyares.
Roanoke County schools look at students’ responses on drug use, mental health and other risky behaviors
Middle and high schools in Roanoke County want to know if students are doing drugs, how often and why. To find out, they’ll be asking students about their behaviors by using the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Counterfeit prescription pills loaded with fentanyl a growing menace in overdose crisis. ‘It scares the hell out of me.’
The DEA says fentanyl has been passed off as legitimate painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is also showing up in cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA.chicagotribune.com
Border patrol canine sniffs nearly $60K worth of drugs inside breakfast burritos
Border Patrol agents found five pounds of fentanyl stuffed inside breakfast burritos along the Arizona-Mexico borderYUMA, Ariz. – You may have heard of folks smuggling drugs in weird items like watermelons, fake baby bumps and hoverboards. A canine working alongside Border Patrol agents in Arizona sniffed out narcotics stuffed inside the popular Mexican cuisine on Monday at the Highway 78 immigration checkpoint, according to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). During a secondary inspection, authorities said the canine alerted its handler to a black backpack found inside a Chevrolet Tahoe. Agents searched the backpack to discover several small packages of fentanyl hidden inside breakfast burritos. According to CBP, the packages of fentanyl weighed about five pounds with an estimated street value of nearly $60,000.
31 Campbell County residents indicted on meth, heroin and cocaine charges
RUSTBURG, Va. – A year-long narcotics investigation ended in 31 people in Campbell County being indicted on 62 federal charges on Sunday. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office canine unit along with the Central Virginia Drug and Gang Task Force (CVDGTF) worked on “Operation Crystal Clear” together. Authorities said more than 7,532 grams of methamphetamine, 227 grams of heroin and 688 grams of cocaine with a total estimated street value of $773,654 were seized during the investigation. 26 illegal firearms were also confiscated in Campbell County. The charges for the 31 people are:Distribution of methamphetamineConspiracy to distribute methamphetamineDistribution of heroinDistribution of cocainePossession of schedule I/IIPossession of schedule I/II while in possession of a firearmFelon in possession of a firearmDistribution of methamphetamine while in possession of a firearmThe individuals arrested on Friday are being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Rustburg and the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Amherst.
Roanoke drug kingpin who had hidden compartments in his ‘Batmobile’ sentenced to 20 years in federal prison
ROANOKE, Va. – The man at the center of one of the largest fentanyl seizures in Virginia will spend the next two decades in prison. Monta Orlando Jordan, 45, who authorities described as a Roanoke drug kingpin, received a 20-year sentence on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Jordan retrieved these deliveries at various locations around the Valley View Mall and made cash payments toward his purchases of as much as $320,000 during scheduled meetings. Inside one package alone, agents reported finding a basketball wrapped in carbon paper and surrounded by miscellaneous chair cushions. AdThe drug was contained in plastic bags and covered in an oily masking agent, designed to defeat the scenting capabilities of K-9 drug dogs.
Virginia authorities seize more than $150,000 worth of drugs, 15 guns in joint operation
Authorities seized 15 guns, about 3.25 pounds of meth with an approximate street value of $147,000, and one pound of marijuana, with an approximate street value of $4,000. They also seized marijuana edibles and illegal prescription drugs. Authorities seized 15 guns, about 3.25 pounds of meth with an approximate street value of $147,000, and one pound of marijuana, with an approximate street value of $4,000. They also seized marijuana edibles and illegal prescription drugs, according to Virginia State Police. • James Paterson, 46, of Lyndhurst, is charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule II methamphetamine and possession of a firearm while in possession of a Schedule II drug.
Danville police report three fatal heroin-related overdoses in the past week
DANVILLE, Va. – In an effort to address opioid addiction in the city, the Danville Police Department has tracked down and reported 50 suspected heroin-related overdose cases from late 2019 to Friday. In that time frame, authorities reported a total of 44 non-fatal heroin-related overdoses and a total of six suspected fatal heroin-related overdoses. However, three of those six deaths that police believe was a result of heroin use happened over the past week. Back in May 2020, the police department issued Naloxone to officers, which is a medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. Anyone suffering from addiction and seeking assistance can ask help from Danville police or contact Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services 24 hours a day at 434-793-4922.
The unexpected winner on election night? Drugs
While we may not know if President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden won the presidential election for a while longer, there was one clear “winner” on election night, and that was recreational drugs. States across the country have been legalizing recreational marijuana every election cycle, and 2020 was no different. Residents in New Jersey, Arizona, Montana and South Dakota all voted to legalize recreational cannabis, and South Dakota also legalized medical marijuana, along with Mississippi. South Dakota became the first state to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in the same election. For the first time in U.S. history, the state of Oregon decriminalized possession of hard drugs, as well as voted to legalize psychedelic mushrooms.
Generic drugs blocked from entering market
Generic drugs blocked from entering market Drug companies have developed maneuvers to delay entry of generic drugs. Companies tell doctors to transition their patients to a newer form of medication, one that has additional patent protection and is unlikely to go generic. Dr. Jon LaPook reports.cbsnews.com