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25 arrested in Va. task force drugs bust
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Twenty-five persons have been arrested by federal and local law enforcement authorities in Virginia following “Operation Bull Run,” a two-year investigation that targeted both the sources of supply and the dealers in a multimillion-dollar cocaine and heroin operation.
U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride in Virginia said Thursday that the operation, conducted by the Northern Virginia Violent Crime Task Force, was successful in penetrating drug distribution and crime networks in Manassas, with eight indictments and five criminal complaints describing a criminal operation that included the sale of crack and powder cocaine, heroin and illegal firearms.
“Selling illegal drugs and firearms harms the quality of life in our communities,” Mr. MacBride said. “Today’s arrests will send a message that law enforcement will aggressively pursue those who would harm our communities for personal profit, regardless of how much drugs they are alleged to have sold.
“Our local law enforcement partners are to be commended for their outstanding work on this long-term investigation,” he said.
Mr. MacBride said those charged represented various armed drug-trafficking rings that all shared one goal: To make as much money as possible by selling drugs in and near Manassas.
By design, he said, much of the suspected trafficking involved frequent sales of small amounts of narcotics to hundreds of users over many years.
During the course of the investigation, he said, authorities engaged in 215 controlled buys of drugs and firearms that resulted in the seizure of 85 firearms, 500 grams of crack cocaine and 2 kilograms of powder cocaine. The estimated street value of the illegal narcotics purchased or seized during the probe was set at $1.1 million.
“The culmination of this case is a great example of the value of excellent partnerships between local and federal law enforcement agencies and local and federal prosecutors,” said Prince William County Police Chief Charlie T. Deane. “These arrests should send a strong message to those considering illegal drug or gun activities.”
Fairfax County Sheriff Stan Barry said the arrests reflected “the outstanding partnership” among federal, state and local law-enforcement officials in combating drug trafficking and violent crime.
“Getting drugs and guns off the streets will make our communities and residents safer,” Sheriff Barry said.
Manassas City Police Chief Douglas Keen said the investigation proved two things: Criminals do not care about dotted lines on a map, crossing jurisdictions on a daily basis; and “without cooperation and communication with our local and federal law enforcement partners we would not have the resources to close the cases.”
“In effect, these joint operations act as a force multiplier for all of us,” the chief said.
According to court documents, the small drug transactions were conducted out of their homes, in automobiles or in the parking lots of various business establishments throughout the Manassas area, with many of the dealers bringing weapons to the drug sales — some of which were also sold.
The documents accuse Paul Quincy Roberts, 38, of Manassas, of leading the crack operation in the city. He was charged with conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and four counts of distribution of crack cocaine.
Also charged in the investigation were Anthony Roberts, 22; David Johnson, 52; Brady Scott, 36; Albert Timbers, 44; Ondray Jackson, 31; Chakiya Hill, 28; Lamont Macon, 37; Dale Caison, 20; Rochella Payne, 32; Richard Reed, 28; Cortez DeBoise, 29; Laura Rice, 20; Luciano Perez-Sorto, 31; Angel Ismart Amaya Guerrero, 27; Norman Marshall, 34; Larry Savage, 46; Terrill Grayson, 37; Lucinda Willis, 60; Bruce Daszynski, 36; Anthony Terrell, 26; William Gregory Ellis, 46; and Brandon Tibbs, 39, all of Manassas.
Also charged were Dwight Cunigan, 31, of Stafford, accused of illegally possessing a handgun after previously being convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence; and Clifford Lamont Washington, 36, of Alexandria, accused of selling crack cocaine.
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