Nearly 30 people have been arrested because of their alleged involvement in a smuggling ring, and they face a variety of felony charges, including drug charges. Their arrests reportedly led to the recovery of more than $300 million in goods, which federal officials said is one of the largest hauls ever.
Three Northern Virginia residents are among the latest to be convicted by a federal jury for drug trafficking. It can be difficult to get a fair shake against the federal government, with its seemingly endless amount of resources.
A 59-year-old man who formerly worked as a security guard to legendary entertainers will spend nine years in prison for a federal drug-related offense.
In its first two years, the Northern Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force, comprised of officers from local police and federal agencies, has tallied more than 200 state and federal convictions of offenders dealing in drug trafficking, drug sales, robbery, burglary and other criminal acts in the area.
One dozen people have been indicted in an ongoing federal drug trafficking investigation in northern Virginia known as "Operation Springfield Snow." The 12 alleged traffickers are believed to be part of a larger cocaine smuggling operation headquartered in Mexico.
A Salem nurse who admitted she had become addicted to narcotics following an ankle injury will serve a 30-day jail term for stealing prescription drugs for personal use from a veterans hospital. The health care professional, who is banned from nursing by the courts, has been sober and in recovery for the last two years.
Police in Southwest Virginia arrested two men on drug-related offenses during a regular traffic patrol. One man faces felony drug charges for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine. A second man was booked for narcotics possession and released.
A U.S. District Court judge accepted the guilty plea of a Broad Run, Virginia, man for a felony drug charge. The 29-year-old is accused of conspiracy for the distribution of controlled substances in several Northern Virginia counties.
The probation services director of the Fairfax County Juvenile Court reported that parents of children accused of juvenile drug crimes have a new resource for information about diversion programs after receiving complaints from worried parents.
A Virginia Beach man, with a criminal record spanning more than two decades, has been charged in a U.S. District Court for being in possession of a loaded gun, something convicted felons are not allowed to have. Virginia state attorneys introduced the charges, which included marijuana possession, before federal prosecutors took over the case.