UPDATE 3:52 p.m.: Local, state, and federal law enforcement leaders held a briefing in Lynchburg on Friday to announce convictions for two defendants in a “large-scale drug trafficking conspiracy” that brought cocaine into central Virginia, according to officials.
The guilty verdict was announced after several days in a federal courtroom.
Officials say this drug trafficking operation began with a man named Jermel Storey and incorporated several others from multiple states.
The two people convicted on Friday, Sept. 2 were Storey’s alleged second in command and one of their suppliers out of the state of Texas.
According to U.S. Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh for the Western District of Virginia, this bust went a long way towards safety in the Commonwealth.
“Hundreds of kilograms were seized in this operation and are not on our streets here in central Virginia,” Kavanaugh said during Friday’s news conference. “Firearms have been seized and are not on our streets here in central Virginia, and hundreds of thousands of dollars of proceeds by the individuals that were preying on our communities has been seized as well.”
Kavanaugh adds that these two convictions were the final ones in an operation spanning multiple states and more than 20 suspects.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney in Lynchburg, Bethany Harrison, says bringing down big operations like this are a small step towards keeping families safer.
“The ripple effects of their criminal activity are felt by the many members of our community who suffer from addiction, to the poison that they spread throughout our community, from their loved ones who have to watch their family members overdose, die, or suffer from these ill effects,” Harrison said. “Also, with drug distribution comes violent crime, and by rounding up this number of co-conspirators, this number of people who are dealing in very serious crime, this represents safety for our community.”
Harrison, along with Kavanaugh, offered their thanks to the many law enforcement agencies involved in the case, including the Lynchburg Police Department.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — On Friday afternoon, Virginia law enforcement leaders are holding a press conference at the federal courthouse in Lynchburg after the jury returned a verdict in a certain trial.
According to officials, U.S. Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh will join members of the Lynchburg Police Department, the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the DEA, and the ATF to discuss the trial, as well as the overall impact of this large-scale drug distribution operation on the community.
This is a developing story.