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August 1, 2016

“Large-scale heroin” ring busted, says sheriff’s office

Fauquier sheriff’s investigators charged Bryant Banks, Dwight Williams and Ellis Watson with dealing heroin.
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The sheriff’s office seized $100,000 from a Catlett home and $80,000 from a bank safety deposit box.
The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office has seized $180,000 and arrested three suspects after “a lengthy investigation of a large-scale heroin dealer.”

“The investigation began early this year and targeted a major source of heroin coming into Fauquier County from Washington, D.C. and suburban Maryland,” Sheriff Bob Mosier said in a press release.

Sheriff’s investigators in February focused on a home on Overbrook Drive near Catlett and made “multiple controlled purchases of heroin” there.

On Feb. 12, a raid on the home netted more than $100,000 in cash “tied to the distribution of heroin and cocaine,” said a press release issued Monday afternoon. “Additional investigation into these proceeds of distribution and the execution of a search warrant at a safe deposit box at a Warrenton bank led to the discovery of over $80,000 in U.S. currency.”

Sheriff’s investigators charged Bryant Banks, 41, formerly of Overbrook Drive, Catlett, with two felony counts of drug distribution.

The investigation also led to the arrest of two additional suspected heroin traffickers, who allegedly delivered the drug to Fauquier:

• Dwight Williams, 55, of Washington, D.C.

• Ellis Watson, 69, of District Heights, Md.

The investigation led to the seizure of approximately 100 grams of heroin.

“While other heroin investigations have been conducted since February in other areas of Fauquier County, this particular investigation shut down a major source of heroin being brought into Fauquier County for distribution,” the press release said. “This investigation also provides a window of public interest into the larger scale of heroin trafficking in our community and the sheriff’s office’s commitment to target and arrest those involved. Working in partnership with the Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office we will continue to use every resource available to commit to this war on heroin.”
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TooTrue · August 1, 2016 at 3:47 pm
Good Job Bob
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