UPDATED FEBRUARY 5, 2013
By Cesca Waterfield, Editor
The Tri-County Drug Task Force made sweeping arrests last week in what the Task Force named “Operation Roll Tide,” a five-month undercover operation.
According to Sheriff C.O. Balderson, police also seized two firearms, ammunition, narcotics, stereo equipment and GPS devices. Three search warrants were executed at the 100 block of 2nd St.; the 200 block of Vernon St.; and in the 300 block of Given St. of Colonial Beach.
The following five suspects were arraigned last Wednesday in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and appointed attorneys. Denied bond, they remain in the Northern Neck Regional Jail where they await appearances in Circuit Court February 15 or 22.
Rylynn N. Sauliner of Colonial Beach, 20, was charged with distribution of marijuana and conspire to distribute the same.
Jessica M. Alley of Colonial Beach, 21, was charged with two counts of distribution of a 1-2 scheduled substance (oxycodone) and two counts of conspiring to distribute the same.
Jeremy T. Anderson of Colonial Beach, 20, was charged with two counts of distribution of marijuana and one of conspiring to distribute the same.
David L. Hatton of Colonial Beach, 27, was charged with distribution of marijuana and of conspiring to distribute marijuana.
Sedrick L. Smith of Colonial Beach, 19, was charged with one count of distribution.
Deandre T. Reed of Colonial Beach, 18, was charged with two counts of distribution of marijuana and one count of conspiring to distribute the same.
Ernest L. Reed Jr. (brother of Deandre) of Colonial Beach, 19, was charged with distribution of marijuana. He was released on a $1500 unsecured bond.
Nathan L. Shanklin of Colonial Beach, 21, received two counts of distribution of a controlled 2 schedule substance (oxycontin). He was released on a Personal Recognizance bond.
A female juvenile was arrested on two narcotics charges.
The Tri-County Drug Task Force is a joint operation between the Westmoreland, King George and Caroline County Sheriff’s Offices, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Virginia State Police.
Sheriff Balderson says the Task Force was assisted by Colonial Beach Police Dept. Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC), Northern Neck Regional Jail, with support from the Westmoreland and Colonial Beach Fire Departments and Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad.
The case is still under investigation. Charges are pending with more arrests to follow.