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Tri-County Narcotics Task Force arrest 15 in Operation Heat Wave

In the morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 26 the Tri-County Narcotics Task Force rounded up 14 people on various drug charges. The first arrest in Operation Heat Wave occurred on Sept. 25 and the 15th arrest was of an individual who is incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail on unrelated charges.

Police also seized narcotics, a handgun, ammunition and drug paraphernalia to include scales and a smoking device at the residence of Charles B. W. Sneed, age 20 of Colonial Beach.

Wednesday's round up began at 4 a.m. and ended around 7:30 a.m.; processing suspects took until around 9 a.m.

All but two individuals were held without bond and were arraigned in Westmoreland Juvenile and Domestic Court to allow the swiftest court opportunity.

Sheriff C. O. Balderson said that all arrests were conducted without incident and the investigation is continues with other arrests pending.

Operation Heat Wave has been ongoing for five months and is a combination of efforts by the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s office, King George County Sheriff's Office, Caroline County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Services.


Virginia Alcohol and Beverage Control and Tappahannock Police Department also assisted in the round up.

Balderson said he is very proud of the efforts from all personnel who participated in this operation. “We will continue to conduct our activities to halt the use and distribution of all illegal substances in Westmoreland County.”

Linda Farneth


Indictments from the multi-jurisdictional grand jury were served as follows:

Allison

Baylor

Bourne

Colley

Daras

Fuchs

Gorham

Marchetti

Morris

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Elizabeth D. Speer age 21 of Colonial Beach, charged with one count of  distribution of a schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance namely prescription pills. Also charged with one count of conspiring to distribution the same. Held without bond.

Benjamin C. Fuchs, age 27 of Colonial Beach, charged with two counts of distribution and two counts of conspiring to distribute prescription pills. Held without bond.

Daniel G. Daras age 25 of Colonial Beach, charged with one count of distribution and one count of conspiring to distribute a schedule 4 controlled substance, namely prescription pills.  

Charles B. W. Sneed, age 20 of Colonial Beach, charged with felony possession of more than one half ounce of marijuana.

At his residence the original search warrant was served at 4:56 a.m. using the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Strategic Response team and the King George Sheriff’s office SRT. Subsequent to Sneed's arrest, police seized narcotics, a handgun, ammunition and drug paraphernalia to include scales and a smoking device. Sneed was held without bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday morning.

Theresa Ramos-Fernandez, age 51 of Colonial Beach area, charged with distribution of a schedule 1 or 2 substance, namely crack cocaine. Held without bond.

William A. Smith, age 63 of Oak Grove, charged with one possession of a schedule 1 or 2 substance, namely cocaine. Held without bond.

Robert J. Allison IV, age 24 of Oak Grove, charged with one count of distribution of a schedule 1 and 2 substance, namely cocaine. Allison was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond and his first court appearance is scheduled on Oct. 19.

Rodney X. Gorham, age 39 of Oak Grove, charged with one count of distribution of a schedule 1 or 2 substance, namely crack cocaine. Held without bond.

Tirrell J. Morris, age 27 of Oak Grove, charged with two counts of distribution of a schedule 1 or 2 substance, namely crack cocaine. Held without bond.  Morris was arrested on Sept. 25 at the Rappahannock Regional Jail where he was being held for unrelated charges for which he previously turned himself in.

Quenton C. Baylor, age 29 of Oak Grove, charged with one count of distribution of more than one half ounce of marijuana. Held without bond.

Robert D. Reynolds, age 27 of Montross was arrested on Sept. 25 for two charges of distribution of crack cocaine. Upon Reynolds’ arrest he was charged with an additional warrant for crack cocaine stemming from drugs found in his possession at the time of arrest. Held without bond.

Glinda M. Marchetti, age 49 of Hague, charged with one count of distribution of a schedule 4 substance, namely prescription pills and one count of distribution of a schedule 6 substance, namely prescription pills. Marchetti was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond and is scheduled for her first court appearance on October 19.


Mandy L. Bourne, age 32 of Coles Point, charged with one count of distribution of a schedule 1 or 2 substance, namely prescription pills. Held without bond.

Carrie C. Colley, age 44 of Kinsale charged with two counts of distribution of a schedule 1 or 2  controlled substance, namely prescription pills and one count of distribution of a schedule 6 imitation drug. Distribution of an imitation substance carries a stiffer penalty due to the possibility of an allergic reaction. Penalty can carry up to a year in jail and a fine.
Colley was also charged with two counts of conspiring to distribute a schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance and one count of conspiring to distribute a schedule 6 imitation drug.
Colley was also charged with one count of child abuse/neglect. Held without bond.

Lynn M. Tolson, age 24 of Kinsale, charged with two counts of distribution of a schedule 1 or 2  controlled substance, namely prescription pills and one count of distribution of a schedule 6 imitation drug. Tolson was also charged with on count one count of conspiring to distribute a schedule 6 imitation drug. Tolson was also charged with one count of child abuse/neglect. Held without bond.

 

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