14 indicted in Amherst Co. drug investigation

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AMHERST County, Va. (WFXR) 14 people have been indicted by Amherst County grand jury in over 38 drug and firearm charges.

The operation focused on identifying street level distributors and their sources of illegal narcotics, according to authorities. 

Two additional people were arrested on drug warrants. 

According the a news release, one investigation led to the identification of a primary source of meth in the Monroe area of Amherst County.  

Police say, this source was responsible for supplying at least 5 street level users/distributors who participated in other criminal activity including property crimes which affected residents of the Monroe community.  

Prosecutors are able to seek enhanced penalties on many of these charges, because the investigation lead to the identity and source of the volume of meth. 

These enhanced penalties carry mandatory prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life in prison.  

The following people have been arrested:

Albert Branham, 37, of Madison Heights – four counts of selling and passing secrete unlawful chemical compound in a correctional facility.

Aaron Bailey, 31, of Monroe – one count of distribution of methamphetamine Schedule I or II, one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine Schedule I or II.

Zachary Brown, 18, of Evington – one count of distribution of methamphetamine Schedule I or II.

James Bryant, 37, of Lynchburg – two counts of distribution of methamphetamine Schedule I or II.

Amanda Burton, 28, of Lynchburg – four counts of distribution of methamphetamine Schedule I or II.

Eretta Fix, 53, of Monroe – one count of continuing a criminal enterprise of methamphetamine etc. 250 grams or more.

Amber Kesterson, 36, of Monroe – one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine Schedule I or II.

Bridgett Martin, 31, of Madison Heights – one count of possession with the intent to sell methamphetamine Schedule I or II, two counts of distribution of methamphetamine Schedule I or II.

Jason Poe, 38, of Monroe – one count of distribution of methamphetamine Schedule I or II, one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine Schedule I or II.

Randall Reynolds, 28, of Monroe – two counts of distribution of methamphetamine Schedule I or II, one count of possession of a firearm with a Schedule I or II, one count of possession of a firearm after being a convicted felon, one count of possession of ammunition after being a convicted felon.

Justin Shepherd, 23, of Charlotte Court House – two counts of distribution of imitation Schedule I or II.

James Woods, 25, of Monroe – four counts of distribution of methamphetamine Schedule I or II, one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine Schedule I or II.

 

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