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Nine face charges in Beach drug bust
Nine Colonial Beach residents are facing charges after an early morning drug raid on Tuesday.

Date published: 1/30/2013


Nine Colonial Beach residents face charges after an early morning drug raid Tuesday.

Operation Roll Tide, a five-month undercover investigation by the Tri-County Regional Drug Taskforce, executed three search warrants in the town of Colonial Beach, said Westmoreland County Sheriff C.O. Balderson.

The raids took place in the 100 block of 2nd Street, the 200 block of Vernon Street and the 300 block of Given Street about 3 a.m., he said.

Authorities seized marijuana and prescription pills, two firearms, ammunition, stereo equipment and GPS devices, Balderson said.

As a result, the following Colonial Beach residents were arrested:

Rylynn Saulnier, 20, and David L. Hatton, 27, are both charged with one count each of distribution of marijuana and conspiracy.

Sedrick L. Smith, 19 and Ernest L. Reed Jr., 19, are both charged with one count of distribution of marijuana. Reed was released on a $1,500 unsecured bond.

Reed's brother, Deandre T. Reed, 18, and Jeremy T. Anderson, 20, are both charged with two counts of distribution of marijuana and one count of conspiracy.

Jessica M. Alley, 21, is charged with two counts of distributing oxycodone and two counts of conspiracy.

Nathan L. Shanklin, 21, is charged with two counts of distributing oxycodone. He was released on a personal recognizance bond.

A female juvenile is also charged with two narcotics charges, Balderson said.

Six of the adults arrested are being held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail without bond.

More charges are pending, Balderson said.

The Tri-County Drug Task Force is composed of deputies from Caroline, King George and Westmoreland counties, and officers from the Virginia State Police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Services.

Also participating in the investigation were the Colonial Beach Police Department, the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad and Volunteer Fire Department and the Northern Neck Regional Jail, Balderson said.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419
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