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Virginia man charged with a drug crime pleads guilty

Being accused of any kind of crime can be a scary and stressful experience. An attorney may be able to help those charged with a drug crime clear their name or achieve a reduction in a sentence. Recently, a Virginia man chose to plead guilty to distributing heroin that led to the death of a woman.

Reports indicate that the man admitted to selling heroin to a woman who overdosed and died the next day while in the hospital. In addition to admitting to selling the drugs on that occasion, the man also allegedly admitted to selling a total of 48 grams of heroin in separate transactions over the course of four months. Authorities claim that he was also in possession of about 1 kilogram of heroin and 2 kilograms of cocaine at that time.

Man facing more than 1 criminal charge after alleged arson

Having to deal with some type of conflict on a regular basis is a normal situation for many people in Virginia and across the country. These disputes are often settled verbally. When altercations turn physical, those involved may find themselves facing a criminal charge. One man was recently arrested and charged after allegedly setting a fire and assaulting a woman and her child.

Police said that the man was arguing with the woman in her apartment when he allegedly attempted to physically assault her. During this time, he reportedly set fire to a rug, which caused the apartment to fill with smoke. Authorities further stated that the man then pushed the woman's child toward the fire in a stroller before fleeing the area.

Virginia community leader facing DUI charge

It is commonly known that driving under the influence of alcohol can lead to unfortunate situations. Sometimes severe injuries can result from accidents due to recklessly drinking and driving. However, even when collisions are avoided, a driver may still face a DUI charge. A Virginia pastor and school board member is now being accused of driving under the influence.

According to a Virginia State Police officer, the man was seen driving between two lanes on the interstate. After being stopped by the officer, he allegedly refused to take a breath test to ascertain the level of alcohol in his bloodstream. He was then arrested and taken to jail.

Many people charged with a drug crime after recent investigation

Multiple Virginia law enforcement agencies have been working together in an attempt to crack down on narcotic and other drug use. The recent lengthy investigation, known as "Operation Firecracker," led to at least 50 indictments on a variety of charges. The majority of people involved were charged with a drug crime, though other charges were also made.

Various local, state and federal law and drug enforcement agencies assisted one another over the course of the investigation, which lasted for 16 months. Four traffic checkpoints were set up and 16 home visits were made in an attempt to apprehend individuals who were wanted for drug offenses. In total, 102 sealed indictments were served in two counties.

Virginia man facing DWI charge after fatal accident

Many people enjoy drinking alcoholic beverages, whether in a social situation or as a way to relax at the end of the day. However, getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol could lead to a DWI charge. One Virginia man is now facing this charge in addition to several other charges after his alleged involvement in a fatal car accident.

According to the Virginia State Police, the man was traveling on Interstate 81 when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road. His car struck a disabled tractor-trailer that was parked on the right shoulder of the roadway. Tragically, a passenger riding with him was not wearing her seat belt and was killed. Neither the man driving the car nor the truck driver were injured.

Man accused of assault against Virginia police officer

Many Virginia residents may not be aware of the legal avenues available to them after being accused of a crime. Those accused may benefit from speaking with an attorney for a better understanding of the charges and guidance on what to do next. One man is likely considering his defense options after being charged with assault against a police officer.

According to police reports, an officer was injured while responding to a call related to vandalism. Allegedly, the man now facing these charges was smashing car windows. The responding officer claims that the man assaulted her by striking her in the head with a hard object. She then fired her weapon, though the bullet did not hit anyone. 

Virginia man facing multiple drug charges after traffic stop

When a Virginia police officer stops a driver for an alleged traffic violation, he or she may request to search the person's vehicle. In some cases, this could lead to criminal charges, depending on what the officer reportedly finds. One man is facing several drug charges in addition to other charges after he was recently pulled over.

According to the state trooper, the man was stopped for not having a state inspection sticker on his windshield. Upon speaking with the man, the officer claimed that he could smell marijuana from the vehicle. After conducting a roadside search, the officer reported that he discovered 5 pounds of marijuana, six concealed firearms, thousands of dollars in cash and illegal prescription drugs in the car. The man was then arrested.

Virginia woman facing DUI charge after serious car accident

A Virginia Beach woman is now facing charges related to drunk driving after her alleged involvement in a serious car crash. In addition to a DUI charge, she is also facing other charges related to the injuries the victims suffered. She is now likely working with an attorney to prepare for her upcoming legal proceedings.

Police stated that an officer was in the process of pulling over a car when he saw one of the victims lying in the road and the woman's car dragging a bicycle. The officer reported that the woman was allegedly driving 10 mph over the speed limit, and her blood alcohol level was .26. Further details of the incident remain unknown.

Drug arrest comes after multiple Virginia indictments returned

A Grand Jury in Virginia was very busy recently. It issued indictments for 22 people in Danville, and many faced a drug arrest. The indictments were for criminal charges ranging from firearms possession to narcotics offenses. At the time of the news report, only three of the people charged remained at large. 

The indictment was the result of a multi-agency investigation. The firearms accusations are said to stem from attempts to illegally obtain firearms. The drug arrests focused on criminal charges that included possession of marijuana and heroin. Only one of those arrested was transferred to federal authorities as a result of the indictment; all of the others arrested remained in state custody.

Virginia teacher facing multiple drug charges

A recent joint operation between two law enforcement offices has led to the arrest of a Virginia teacher. The teacher was put on leave by his school the same day that he turned himself in to authorities. Police have charged the man with several drug charges. He is likely now working with an attorney to fight these criminal accusations in court.

According to the Portsmouth Police Department and the Norfolk Drug Enforcement Agency, the teacher allegedly sold heroin on two occasions. The detectives claim that they witnessed him arriving at a predetermined location and selling heroin to a confidential source. Later analysis of the drug supposedly obtained from the teacher revealed that it tested positive for both heroin and Fentanyl, a strong prescription pain medication.