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February 6, 2020

Drug distribution charges filed after Catlett raid

Officers arrested David Patrick, Neal Walsh and Christopher Watkins during the Tuesday night raid of a Catlett home in a drug distribution investigation.
Law enforcement officers arrested three local men — one of them charged with multiple counts of drug distribution — during the raid of a Catlett home Tuesday night.

David Patrick, 36, of Catlett, faces charges of possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of firearms while in possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Fauquier sheriff’s Sgt. James Hartman said.

At the county jail, deputies found more drugs in Mr. Patrick’s possession, resulting in another criminal charge, Sgt. Hartman said. The suspect remains in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center without bail.

When they executed the search warrant around 8 a.m. Tuesday at 3407 Elioak Lane also arrested:

Neal Walsh, 32, of Catlett, on a Rappahannock County warrant.

Christopher Watkins, 36, of Warrenton, on Fauquier and Prince William County warrants.

The investigation started Friday night, Jan. 31, when Fauquier sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported overdose at another Catlett address, according to the search warrant.

Deputies administered Narcan to a woman they found unconscious at 4547 Longstalk Lane, according to the document. After her revival, they questioned a man at that home.

The man said “he and multiple other people went to David Patrick’s house earlier in the night . . . and purchased the heroin used in the overdose from David Patrick,” the warrant says.

The deputies also recovered heroin from the Longstalk Lane home.

Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force officers joined sheriff’s detectives in the Tuesday night raid on Mr. Patrick’s house. According to documents, they seized:

• Marijuana.

• Seven guns.

• Assorted ammunition.

• Drug paraphernalia.

• Scales.

• Cash.

• A mobile phone.

“During the search warrant (execution), a deputy suffered a bite wound from a dog on the property,” Sgt. Hartman wrote in a press release. “The deputy was transported to a local hospital for treatment.”

The deputy, recovering at home, got bitten in the triceps, Sgt. Hartman said Thursday.

Previously convicted of drug distribution, Mr. Patrick faces two potential life sentences, Judge J. Gregory Ashwell told the defendant during a brief hearing by video link from the jail Wednesday morning.

Judge Ashwell denied bond.

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