This week, the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force conducted its tenth annual Operation Valley Venue. The three-day operation ran from Wednesday October 26, 2022 to Friday October 28, 2022 and was a collaborative effort between the task force and law enforcement in the area. The annual operation focused on identifying and apprehending individuals for trafficking, manufacturing and distributing illegal narcotics in the city of Winchester and Clarke, Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah and Page counties.
The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force was assisted by deputies from Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, Page and Winchester City Sheriff’s Offices, officers from the Winchester Police Department, Strasburg, Front Royal, Luray and Broadway, soldiers from the Virginia State Police Bureau of Field Operations Headquarters 13 and officers from Probation and Parole District 11.
The operation resulted in 58 felony arrests, six probation violations and four misdemeanor charges. In addition, 59 probation searches were conducted, six search warrants were obtained and executed, and 31 interdiction traffic stops were conducted. During the operation, 237 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of $23,700.00, 35 grams of heroin with a street value of $3,500.00, 20 capsules of heroin with a street value of 2 $000.00, 7 grams of fentanyl with a street value of $700.00, 80 tablets of fentanyl pills with a street value of $3,200.00, 35 grams of cocaine with a street value of 3,450 $.00, 51 grams of crack with a street value of $5,100.00 and 60 grams of marijuana with a street value of $450.00. The total street value of the narcotics seized in the operation was $42,100.00. In addition, two firearms and $1,326.00 in currency were seized.
The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force is comprised of law enforcement personnel from the Clarke, Frederick, Page and Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Offices, police from Front Royal, Luray, Strasburg and Winchester, and the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. , Culpeper Field Office. The Northwest Virginia Regional Drugs and Gangs Task Force is a HIDTA-funded initiative.