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February 2, 2018

Work-release inmate arrested on “pot” charge

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Trevor Staebler in the county jail “dormitory,” where he helped save a fellow inmate who had overdosed on heroin in August 2016.
Any time something like this happens, we always want to be able to evaluate the program to see if there’s anything that can be done.
— Sheriff Bob Mosier
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A Fauquier county jail work-release inmate got arrested last week for possession of and intent to sell about an ounce of marijuana in Warrenton.

If convicted of the felony charge, Trevor John Staebler could face up to 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

Details about the Thursday, Jan. 25, arrest of Mr. Staebler, including the location, remain unclear.

But when arrested, the inmate had 30 grams of marijuana, which he apparently expected to sell “someone,” according to court records.

His confiscated cell phone included “conversations . . . in which Staebler discussed the sale of marijuana, specifically an ounce for $250,” according the arrest warrant filed by state police Special Agent J.M. Jeanty.

At the time of his arrest last week, Mr. Staebler, 27, worked as a landscaper for a Linden-based company, according to the sheriff’s office.

The work-release program allows inmates to maintain jobs during the day and return to the jail for the night. Upon their return, they get strip-searched and randomly tested for drugs.

All work-release inmates get tested for drugs once a month.

Convicted of breaking and entering, grand larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia, Mr. Staebler has been in jail since January 2015.

He had been scheduled for release on March 9.

Work-release inmates wear GPS bracelets that allow the sheriff’s office to track their movements, explained Capt. Mark Lavoie, who manages the jail.

Deputies also conduct random spot checks to ensure inmates “are where they’re supposed to be,” report to work on time and perform duties to their employers’ satisfaction, Capt. Lavoie added.

After 29 years at the jail, “you can never predict” which inmates will violate work-release program rules, the captain said.

Inmates qualify for the work-release program partly based on “good behavior” and their “performance” as trusties — positions that allow them to work in the jail or off-site, maintaining county buildings and grounds or at the county landfill and for the Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority.

Inmates convicted of violent or sex crimes cannot participate in those programs.

Paid $3 per day, trusties often transfer to the work-release program.

“It’s fairly rare, but it does happen occasionally,” Capt. Lavoie said of work-release program violations.

The last known serious violation occurred in August 2016, when inmate Troy Best overdosed on heroin in the 50 W. Lee St. jail after injecting the opiate while out for work.

Two inmates, including Mr. Staebler, helped save Mr. Best’s life.

The sheriff’s office transferred Mr. Best, 30, to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Winchester for the remainder of his five-month sentence.

The regional jail released Mr. Best on Sept. 12. Three days later, he died at Inova Fairfax Hospital of a heroin overdose, according to his mother.

“We keep a close eye on inmates that are part of the work-release program,” Sheriff Bob Mosier said.

Despite electronic monitoring and surprise job-site inspections, deputies occasionally find work-release inmates violate the program, Sheriff Bob Mosier said.

But, “any time something like this happens, we always want to be able to evaluate the program to see if there’s anything that can be done” to improve it, Sheriff Mosier added.

Mr. Staebler will appear Wednesday, March 7, in Fauquier General District Court to face the marijuana charge.
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BJ · February 2, 2018 at 2:19 pm
Cell phone?? Why do inmates have cell phones? Jail is camp!
BJ · February 2, 2018 at 2:18 pm
Can't fix stupid.

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