Authorities announce 13 arrests connected to illegal drug sales as part of Roanoke-area takedown – WSLS 10

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Published: February 23, 2022, 4:19 PM
Jeff Williamson, Digital Content Manager
ROANOKE, Va. – The combined efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have resulted in the arrests of 13 individuals over the past weeks connected to a variety of drug distribution charges.
“Today the Roanoke community witnessed a significant, coordinated law enforcement effort undertaken by the FBI and our partners with the Roanoke City and Roanoke County Police Departments, and the Virginia State Police,” said Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division Stanley Meador. “Care and caution for these communities, have been pivotal in our planning to address the increase in crime occurring in the Roanoke area; and with today’s effort and concerted efforts in the last few months we have been able to remove a number of offenders from your streets.”
Authorities arrested 10 people over two weeks and three others in recent weeks on similar charges as part of the same effort, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia.
The following people were arrested over the last two weeks:
Authorities arrested the following individuals in recent weeks on similar federal charges as part of the same effort:
“We are grateful that our department can partner with these agencies at every level of the criminal justice system to hold these individuals accountable,” said Roanoke Police Chief Sam Roman. “These are individuals who wish to cause harm through organized crime in our community, and this shows them and others like them that we will not stand for their behavior in Roanoke. We will do all we can with all the resources we have available to hold them responsible for their destructive, violent actions.”
“The suspects arrested and indicted today are responsible for bringing dangerous drugs into the Roanoke Valley that poison our citizens,” Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall said today. “Removing them from our community makes us all safer.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the City of Roanoke Police Department, the Roanoke County Police Department, the Salem Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Virginia State Police are investigating the case.
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