Bust at Howard Johnson’s yields heroin at $3,500 street value

Posted at 2:10 PM, Apr 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-10 14:26:30-04

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) –More Stafford County drug busts this week, a continued effort to crack down on heroin trafficking in the region.

Wednesday’s arrests marks the 14th one in two weeks.

Berry Solomon Evans, age 40,  Allison Dawn Rice, age 26, and Quinn Marie Gold, age 19, were arrested in the early evening hours of Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  All three were incarcerated in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Officers used surveillance, investigation, and intelligence gathering to find a source of heroin that was being distributed along the Route17/Warrenton Road corridor.

The investigation led to the arrest of Rice and  Gold, who were arrested in the general vicinity of the Route 17/Warrenton Road Howard Johnsons Motel for the possession of heroin.

A search warrant was executed at a room in the Howard Johnsons that was occupied by Evans.  As a result of the search warrant Evans was arrested and charged.

Police found over half an ounce of heroin that Evans was in possession of, with a street value of approximately $3,500.00, police say.

In addition, marijuana was seized in the execution of the search warrant.  The investigation also linked Rice and Gold to the same motel room.

Detective Nick Chiappini and Deputies Brown and Galyen were the lead investigators in this investigation.

“The Stafford Sheriff’s Office is continuing its active and aggressive investigation into heroin trafficking in our area,” states Sheriff Charles Jett.  “I have committed every asset the Sheriff’s Office possesses to eliminating this danger that is threatening Stafford County.”

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office notes with appreciation the large number of tips and information that the public has provided the Sheriff’s Office in regard to the heroin trafficking investigation.

Anyone who has information that would assist the Sheriff’s Office in this ongoing investigation is asked to call the 540-658-4400, Stafford Crime Solvers at 540-659-2020 (callers may remain anonymous) or TEXT “Stafford + your tip to CRIMES (274637).