Prince William police arrest 17 in drug probe

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Local official’s son among suspects

Prince William County police arrested and charged 17 men and women with distributing illegal drugs after a 10-month investigation into suspected drug dealing.

Among those arrested was William John “Billy” Hill Jr., 20, of Lake Ridge, Va. He is the son of Mary K. Hill, Virginia Republican and a member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. Mrs. Hill is running for re-election this year.

Hill was charged with four counts of distributing marijuana and two counts each of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and Ecstasy. He was being held without bond at the county jail last night.

Meanwhile, police continued to search for several other suspects, including a 32-year-old man in Massachusetts, a 30-year-old Woodbridge woman and a 21-year-old Dale City man who face similar drug charges.

Police said the investigation showed that those arrested in the case distributed drugs on their own and didn’t know about the others.

“This was not an organized drug ring,” said Sgt. Kim D. Chinn, a county police spokeswoman. The investigation is continuing.

During each arrest, police seized small portions of the drugs from cars or homes. Police searched several homes in Prince William and Stafford counties during the sweep.

The law enforcement agencies involved in the sweep were Prince William County Police, Manassas City Police, Manassas Park Narcotics Task Force, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.

The ages of those arrested range from 18 to 43. The oldest was James Washington Jr., of Woodbridge, who was charged with one count of distributing oxycodone. The youngest was Michael Brian Dorsey Jr., of Manassas, who was charged with one count each of distributing Ecstasy and OxyContin.

County police said that when officers stopped Hill, they found seven bags of marijuana in his car. A search of his family’s home turned up more marijuana and Ecstasy, police said.

Hill has been convicted of previous drug charges. Hill, a teenager tried as an adult, was convicted in November 2001 after police found drugs in his car and staked out a house known for drug activities.

During that case, Mrs. Hill was quoted by the Potomac News as saying Prince William Police Detective John T. Mora lied when he testified against her son. Late last year, Detective Mora filed a $225,000 defamation lawsuit against Mrs. Hill, who has been a county supervisor since 1995. Virginia State Police cleared the county police of any wrongdoing.

Arrested and charged during Wednesday’s sweep were Sheena Maria Alderman, 20, of Stafford; Paris Edward Johnson, 19, of Stafford; Michael Jerome Jones, 36, of Stafford; Kevin Lusk, 22, of Manassas; Joseph Mullins, 21, of Manassas; Joseph Blair Oldham, 20, of Woodbridge; Thomas John Saunders III, 20, of Dale City; Angela Deneen Skinner, 36, of Woodbridge; Latasha Patrice Warren, 32, of Woodbridge; and Sharon L. Wright, 39, of Woodbridge.

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