Regional drug bust nets 15 arrests

A major drug bust recently led by the Tri-County Task Force resulted in the arrest of 15 individuals across the Northern Neck and King George County, according to the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office.

On July 31, Westmoreland County Sheriff C.O. Balderson said that the arrests made between July 29 and July 31 were part of Operation #096, which began over four months ago.

The majority of the arrests were made July 31 when the task force conducted its operation beginning at 3:30 a.m.

The individuals arrested were Stanley Alan Cornwell, 52, Stanley Eugene Peyton, 54, and Raymond Richard Phillips III, 28, all of the Town of Colonial Beach; John Quincell Smith, 53, of Hague; Elton Leroy Smith, 27, of Warsaw; Ivan Earl Lee, 28, of Farnham; Tony Lynn Scott, 46, of King George; and James Herbert, 74, of Kinsale.

Cornwell was arrested on two counts of distributing a controlled substance, namely Oxycodone.  Following Cornwell’s arrest, the task force seized U.S. currency and a golf cart.

Phillips was charged with two counts of distributing heroin and one count of conspiring to distribute.

Peyton was indicted on one count of distribution, one count of conspiring to distribute and one count of distributing in a school zone.

John and Elton Smith were each indicted on two counts of distributing, Lee on two counts of distribution with prior conviction and Scott on one count of distribution with prior conviction.

Peyton, Lee, Scott, John and Elton Smith were arrested for distributing crack cocaine.

At the site of Scott’s arrest, Dale Court in King George, the local sheriff’s office executed a search warrant and seized from the location both a 1998 GMC pickup truck and a firearm.

Herbert was the only individual in the Wednesday operation not to be indicted on drug-related charges. The 74-year-old Kinsale man was arrested, however, for the assault and battery of a family member.

Prior to the operation, Wilton James McCoy, 68, of Montross; Richard E. Curley, 27, of Colonial Beach; and James Elmer Youngblood, 35, of Hague were arrested Monday, July 29 on drug-related indictments.

McCoy was charged for the distribution of a Schedule 3 substance, namely Oxycodone and conspiring to distribute said substance.  Subsequent to McCoy’s arrest on the indictments, police performed a search of his person and afterwards charged him with two counts of possession: one for marijuana and the other for morphine.

Curley was arrested for distributing heroin and conspiring to distribute. Curley was also charged with a protective order violation.

Youngblood was charged with three counts of distribution for Dilaudid, Suboxone and Oxycodone.

According to Balderson, the following individuals were served six indictments each on Tuesday, July 30: Michael Ray Bradshaw, Jr., 22, of Montross and Shedrick Burrell Covert, 23, of Warsaw. Both individuals were already incarcerated at Northern Neck Regional Jail for previous charges.

Bradshaw and Covert were each charged with two counts of grand larceny, two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of destruction of property.

On Monday, Aug. 5, Sheriff Balderson reported two additional arrests in addition to the original 13 persons indicted July 29-31.

Sheriff C.O. Balderson said Kevin J. «KJ» Bland, Jr. and Torrence C. “TP” Purce, Jr. turned themselves into the Westmoreland County Sheriff›s Office Friday, Aug. 2.

Bland, 20, of the Town of Colonial Beach, was charged with two counts of distributing a controlled substance and one count of distributing crack cocaine in a school zone.

According to Balderson, Bland turned himself in Friday morning and made his first court appearance in Westmoreland County Circuit Court that day. Bland is also being held on a federal retainer for probation violation on drug charges.

Purce, 20, of the Town of Colonial Beach, was indicted on two counts of distributing a controlled substance, also crack cocaine, two counts of distribution in a school zone and one count of conspiring to distribute. Purce turned himself in Friday afternoon, Balderson said.

Purce will make his first court appearance Tuesday, Aug. 6 in Westmoreland County General District Court.

Both Purce and Bland remain incarcerated at the Northern Neck Regional Jail, Balderson reported.

Of the 15 arrestees, 14 received no bond with the exception of John Q. Smith, who was released on a personal recognizance bond.

The individuals arrested before Friday made their first appearance July 31 in Westmoreland County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The Tri-County Drug Task Force consists of the Westmoreland, King George and Caroline County Sheriff’s Offices as well as the Virginia State Police and Naval Criminal Investigative Services.

Agencies who assisted in the operation were the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Westmoreland County EMS and Alcoholic Beverage Control.

According to Balderson, all arrests were made without incident and the investigation continues with more arrests expected to be forthcoming.

In a joint statement, Sheriff Balderson and King George County Sheriff S.F. Dempsey expressed the importance of teamwork and cooperation in conducting these types of operations.

Both sheriffs added that this type of activity would not be tolerated in their respective counties.

The Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office would like to ask anyone who has information or needs to report any incidents of this nature to call Detective J. Mitchell at 804-493-8066, or text wcsotip and his/her tips to TIP411. For more information about the TIP 411 system, visit the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office website at http://www.westcoso.us/.

Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:48 am