Four Nelson, Augusta County residents arrested after authorities seize numerous firearms, drugs

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Central Virginia authorities say four people from Nelson and Augusta counties are facing charges after numerous guns and drugs were seized on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Virginia State Police)

NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Four people from Nelson County and Augusta County are facing various gun and drug charges as a result of investigations conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies around central Virginia.

According to Virginia State Police, the joint investigative operation was carried out by the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Skyline Drug and Gang Task Force, with some help from the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Enforcement Task Force and the Central Virginia Drug and Gang Enforcement Task Force.

Officials say investigators from the task force executed search warrants on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 at homes in Lyndhurst, Arrington, and Lovingston.

These search warrants resulted in the seizure of 15 firearms; approximately 3.25 pounds of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of $147,000; approximately one pound of marijuana, which has an estimate street value of $4,000; marijuana edibles; and illegal prescription drugs, authorities say.

According to a statement released by Virginia State Police on Monday, Jan. 18, the search warrants also led to the following arrests and charges:

  • 42-year-old Joseph Michael Acord of Arrington: Charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule II methamphetamine and possession of a firearm while in possession of a Schedule II drug
  • 37-year-old Richard Daniel Acord of Lovingston: Charged with conspiracy to distribute greater than 100 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute greater than one ounce and less than five pounds of marijuana
  • 46-year-old James Brian Paterson of Lyndhurst: Charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule II methamphetamine and possession of a firearm while in possession of a Schedule II drug
  • 40-year-old Frances Jeanette Hester of Lyndhurst: Charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule II methamphetamine

Police say additional charges are pending in connection with these ongoing investigations.

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