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Two more drug arrests in Caroline investigation
Undercover operation in Caroline County leads to arrests of two men on drug charges.


Date published: 1/7/2012

BY PORTSIA SMITH

Recent drug busts led to the arrests of two men said to be sources of cocaine and marijuana in Caroline County, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Tony Lippa said narcotics investigators executed search warrants at three separate residences in Caroline early yesterday morning.

Investigators reported seizing about $1,000 worth of suspected marijuana, a 9 mm handgun, a 12-gauge shotgun, a Cadillac sedan, digital weight scales and plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine residue.

Jamal D. Sheperd, 23, of Ruther Glen is charged with distribution of cocaine.

Sheperd's arrest was a result of Operation Impact, a nearly two-year-long undercover drug investigation by the narcotics unit of the Caroline Sheriff's Office.

Lippa said 23 suspects have been arrested as a part of Operation Impact so far.

Tony A. Richards, 34, of Fredericksburg is charged with distribution of marijuana.

Richards was arrested Dec. 28 as a result of an undercover drug sting, Lippa said.

A subsequent search of his vehicle resulted in the seizure of of about $2,000 worth of suspected marijuana and digital weight scales.

"Investigators have continued following leads in this investigation and have made significant impact on illegal drug distribution in our community," Lippa said. "This operation is not over, and more arrests will follow."

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419
Email: psmith@fredericksburg.com