Three arrested on drug charges

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

George Brian Oliff, owner of Angelos’ Pizza in Montross, was arrested on May 22 after a multi-jurisdictional grand jury indicted him on multiple drug charges.

Oliff, 49, was charged with two counts of manufacturing and/or distributing an imitation controlled substance that is classified as Schedule I or II, and three counts of distributing an imitation controlled substance that is classified as Schedule I or II.

Westmoreland County Commonwealth’s Attorney Julia Sichol said that an imitation controlled substance is “something that someone purports to be cocaine, or purports to be a drug, and then, in fact, turns out not to be.”

Along with Oliff, two others were indicted. Lois Gayle Wright was charged with two counts of distributing an imitation controlled substance classified as Schedule I or II. Josh Roy Sandford was charged with one count of manufacturing and/or distributing an imitation controlled substance that is classified as Schedule I or II. Both individuals were employed by Oliff at Angelos’.

All charges are considered Class 6 felonies. According to www.virginia.gov, the penalty for conviction of a Class 6 felony can be imprisonment for one to five years and/or jail for up to 12 months and a fine of up to $2,500.

The grand jury, which has jurisdiction in Essex, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland counties, met in Northumberland County on May 9. The jury returned direct indictments on all three individuals. Judge Harry T. Taliferrro III signed the order on May 11. The orders were sealed until the arrests were made.

Oliff, Wright, and Sandford were released on personal recognizances and are scheduled to appear in Westmoreland County’s Circuit Court on June 1. Westmoreland County Commonwealth’s Attorney Julia Sichol said a special prosecutor will be appointed.

 

This is an update from a previously published story.

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