A TriCounty Task Force Operation led to the recent arrests of thirteen local individuals, the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday.
According to information from Westmoreland County Sheriff C.O. Balderson, the arrests were made between July 29 and July 31 as part of an ongoing operation that began over four months ago.
The following individuals were arrested on indictments on July 29: Wilton J. McCoy, 68, of Montross; Richard E. Curley, 27, of Colonial Beach; and Elmer J. Youngblood, 35, of Hague.
On July 30, the following arrests were made: Michael Ray Bradshaw, Jr., 22, of Montross and Shedrick B. Covert, 23, of Warsaw. Both individuals are incarcerated at Northern Neck Regional Jail for previous charges.
The majority of the arrests were made this morning when the task conducted its operation beginning at 3:30 a.m.
Individuals arrested were: Stanley A. Cornwell, 52, Stanley E. Peyton, 54, and Raymond R. Phillips III, 28, of the Town of Colonial Beach; John Q. Smith, 53, of Hague; Elton L. Smith, 27, of Warsaw; Ivan E. Lee, 28, of Farnham; Tony L. Scott, 46, of King George; and James Herbert, 74, of Kinsale.
Incident to Cornwell’s arrest, the task force seized U.S. currency and a golf cart.
All individuals were charged with the distribution of controlled substances except for Bradshaw and Covert, both charged with 2 counts of grand larceny, 2 counts of breaking and entering and 2 counts of destruction of property each, and Herbert, who was charged for assault and batter of a family member. Other charges included conspiring to distribute and the possession of said substances. Curley was also charged with a protective order violation subsequent to the indictments.
A search warrant was executed on Dale Court in King George by King George Sheriff’s Office. A 1998 GMC pickup truck and a firearm were seized from the location.
Controlled substances on which the charges were based included heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, Oxycodone, Suboxone and Dialudid.
Of the 13 arrestees, 12 received no bond with the exception of John Q. Smith, who was released on a personal recognizance bond. Their first appearance was today in Westmoreland County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
The TriCounty 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 ABC.
According to Balderson, all arrests were made without incident and investigation continues with more arrests 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 also said that “this type of activity will not be tolerated in their respective counties.”
More information will be made available in the Aug. 7 issue of the Northern Neck News as the investigation continues.