On Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, dozens of wanted people were found and arrested in Alleghany County, Virginia. The head of the arresting team, Lieutenant Casey Gibson, is part of the “drug round-up” team for the county.
Gibson reported that the entire team gathers together before heading out to different places. This allows the teams to talk about people who may have weapons or previous charges and who may be violent or known to have narcotics. This helps the officers be prepared by knowing what to expect.
Operation Deep Freeze, which resulted in the arrest of 67 people who were indicted on 188 charges, involved 55 officers. Dr. Michael Moran helps the teams both as a doctor and as an extra set of eyes on the scene. Moran said that he watches the team for organization and for people who are not supposed to be in the area.
According to Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall, they run round-ups several times a year to catch people off guard. Suspects with warrants are caught by surprise and the arrests sometimes lead to other cases. The point is, if they do not know law enforcement has their location, they are not alerted and cannot leave the area.
The charges faced by those arrested range from drug manufacturing to possession. The drugs involved include marijuana, methamphetamines, heroin, and cocaine.
Agencies that take part in these round-ups include the U.S. Marshalls Service, Bath County Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia State Police.
By Jeanette Smith
WSLS10: Dozens taken in for drug round up in Alleghany County
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