Three Roanoke residents arrested on drug, gun charges

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Friday morning, U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced that three Roanoke residents were arrested Wednesday, August 28, on federal drug and gun charges during the execution of a series of search warrants at residences.

According to Cullen, the arrests were made as part of the Western District of Virginia’s ongoing Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative to reduce gun and violent crime.

“We are committed to working with the Roanoke Police Department to reduce violent crime, unlawful gun possession, and the distribution of deadly substances like heroin and fentanyl in this community,” Cullens stated.  “With the help of our local partners across the district, we have significantly increased, over the past year, the number of federal cases involving firearms, violence, and drug trafficking, and will continue these critical initiatives in the Roanoke Valley to make our community safer.”

Police arrested 26-year-old Jarod Sylvester, 29-year-old Antonio Lemar Waddell, and 31-year-old Dwayne Parnell Leftwich.

Waddell and Alston were charged on a criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances including quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl.

Leftwich currently faces a firearms-related charge.

According to court documents, beginning on or about July 2019, investigators with the Roanoke Valley Regional Drug Unit developed evidence that Waddell, Alston, and Leftwich were distributing narcotics in and around the Roanoke area.

Warrants were executed on August 28, 2019, to search residences associated with the three defendants, located on Crescent Street, Grayson Avenue, and Elm Street in the City of Roanoke.

Officials said during those searches, investigators recovered more than 100 grams of suspected heroin, more than 100 grams of suspected fentanyl, and more than 400 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

Officials also collected firearms and more than $38,000 in cash.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATFE), the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Roanoke City Police Department, and members of the region’s High-Intensity Drug Task Areas (HIDTA) program.  Assistant United States Attorney Kari Munro is prosecuting the case for the United States.

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