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Busy week for Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office

With Operation 096 underway, the last week of July was a busy time for the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO). A total of 11 suspects were apprehended for drug-related charges, and one subject was arrested for assault of a family member during the operation. Two suspects turned themselves in.

 

The WCSO also apprehended a suspect, Desmond L. Lee, in connection with as many as nine burglaries concentrated in the lower end of Westmoreland County.

Charges were filed against two suspects, Michael R. Bradshaw, Jr., (22), and Shedrick B. Covert, (23), already incarcerated. Both sets of charges against Bradshaw and Covert were for theft-related crimes concentrated throughout the Northern Neck and other areas.

Sheriff C.O. Balderson said that the Tri-County Task Force  generally tries to execute these operations in a one-or-two-day operation, but apprehending a suspect in the burglaries made it a busier week.

In a joint statement last week, Sheriff C.O. Balderson and King George County Sheriff Steve F. Dempsey expressed the importance of teamwork and cooperation in conducting these types of operations. Both sheriffs also stated that this type of illegal activity will not be tolerated in their respective counties.

The Tri-County Task Force consists of the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office, King George County Sheriff’s Office, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, VA State Police and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

The Task Force, working in conjunction with King George County Sheriff’s Office made a total 13 arrests over a three-day span beginning on Monday, July 29, ending with the mass roundup on early Wednesday morning, July 31.

The operations execution began on July 29, with indictments handed down on three individuals.
Wilton J. McCoy, (68) of Montross, was indicted on two counts; one for distribution of a Schedule-3 substance, namely oxycodone, and one to conspire to distribute said drug.

At the time of his arrest, McCoy was also charged on two warrants for possession of Marijuana and possession of a controlled substance Schedule-1-or-2, namely morphine.

Richard E. Curley, (27) of Colonial Beach, was indicted on one count of distribution of a controlled substance, namely heroin, and one count to conspire to distribute said drug. At the time of his arrest, Curley was also charged with violating a protective order.

Elmer J. Youngblood, (35) of Hague, was charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance Schedule-1-or-2, and one count of distribution of a controlled substance Schedule-3.

In an early morning raid, at 3:30 a.m. on July 31, the Tri-County Task Force made eight arrests during Operation 096. Seven of those arrests were a result of indictments being executed, and one arrest occurred as a result of an assault discovered during the operation.

The roundup started at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31. The following indictments were executed:
Stanley A. Cornwell, (52) of Colonial Beach-two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, namely oxycodone. Subsequent to his arrest, the Task Force seized a substantial amount U.S. currency and a golf cart.

Stanley B. Peyton, (54) of Colonial Beach-one count of distribution of a controlled substance, one count of distribution of a controlled substance in a school zone and one count to conspire to distribute a controlled substance, namely crack cocaine.

Raymond R. Phillips, III, (28) of Colonial Beach-two counts of distribution and one count of conspiring to distribute a controlled substance, namely heroin.

John Q. Smith, (53) of Hague-two counts of distribution, namely crack cocaine.

Elton Smith, (27) of Warsaw-two counts of distribution of crack cocaine.

Ivan E Lee, (28) of Farnham-two counts of distribution of a controlled substance with prior conviction, namely crack cocaine.

Tony L. Scott, (46) of King George-one count of distribution of a controlled substance with a prior conviction, namely crack cocaine.

At this location, a search warrant was executed on Dale Court in King George. Police recovered a 1998 GMC pickup truck and a firearm (shot gun). King George County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team executed this warrant.

During the execution of the indictments, police arrested James Herbert, (74) of Kinsale, for assault and battery of a family member.

Twelve of the individuals arrested received no bond. John Q. Smith was released on his own recognizance. All suspects were arrested without incident. The investigation continues with more arrests forthcoming.
Of the 13 arrests, Cornwell, Peyton and Phillips were all arrested within the corporate limits of Colonial Beach. All suspects were scheduled to appear in Westmoreland JDR court the same day.

Assisting agencies, not a part of the Tri-County Task Force, included; Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Westmoreland County EMS and ABC.

The latest arrests in Operation 096 came last Friday, when two men wanted for drug charges in Colonial Beach turned themselves in to the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office. Both were charged with distribution in a school zone.

The Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office obtained indictments for both Kevin J. Bland, Jr., (aka KJ), and Torrence C. Purce, Jr.,(aka TP), both of Jackson St. in Colonial Beach as part of Operation 096.

According to Westmoreland County Sheriff, C.O. Balderson, the two men turned themselves in on Aug. 2, shortly after their pictures were posted on the Sheriff’s Office’s social media page.

Bland, (20), came in early Friday morning, allowing him to have his first court appearance that day in Westmoreland Circuit Court. Bland is currently being held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail (NNRJ) without bond.

Bland is charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, and one count of distribution in a school zone, namely crack cocaine. He is also being held on a federal detainer for a probation violation on drug-related charges.

Torrence C. Purce, Jr., (20), turned himself in later in the day on Friday, Aug. 2. He has been indicted on five counts; two for distribution of a controlled substance, two for distribution of a controlled substance in a school zone and one count of conspiring to distribute a controlled substance, namely crack cocaine.

Purce is being held at NNRJ with no bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Westmoreland General District Court.

Arrests regarding break-ins in the Northern Neck and surrounding area were as follows:
On Tuesday, July 30, two men were served indictments at NNRJ for charges connected with recent break-ins in Westmoreland County and surrounding areas.

Michael R. Bradshaw Jr., (22) of Montross, currently incarcerated at NNRJ, was indicted for two counts of grand larceny in a structure, two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of destruction of property.
Shedrick B. Covert, (23) listed as being from out-of-state but currently incarcerated at NNRJ, was indicted for two counts of grand larceny in a structure, two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of destruction of property.

Suspect in at least nine break-ins apprehended.

On Wednesday, July 31, Desmond L. Lee, (20) of Farnham, was charged with nine counts of breaking and entering, five charges of grand larceny and one charge of petty larceny in connection with several break-ins in the Glebe Harbor/Cabin Point area and in Mount Holly.

Lee will have his first court appearance on Aug. 6, in the Westmoreland General District Court.

Lee’s charges for breaking and entering, number six for Glebe Harbor/Cabin Point, two for break-ins on the 3000 block of Skipjack Road in Kinsale and one for a break-in on the 1500 block of Mount Holly Road.

Linda Farneth

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