Va. Eight Person Heroin Bust, Child Discovered During Raid

Va. Eight Person Heroin Bust, Child Discovered During Raid

The Warren County Sheriff's office said all eight individuals were living in a small trailer, and that during the raid a child was discovered among the group of heroin addicts.

WARREN COUNTY, Va. - Thanks to agents with the Northwestern Regional Drug Task Force, residents of James Street said their neighborhood is safer for their children.

Eight individuals living in a small trailer off of James Street were arrested on Thursday for drug charges related to heroin and pills. (Each individual’s charges are included at the end of this article.)

"It appears that all eight were staying at that one trailer, so that's a lot of people in a small area," said Sheriff Daniel McEathron of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Thanks to a search warrant filed in the Warren County Circuit Court House, drug task force agents were able to arrest the eight individuals, and seize an undisclosed amount of heroin and pills.

They say despite their best efforts however, heroin is still a growing problem, a problem they can't arrest their way out of.

"It's something we're trying to get a hold of but we can't arrest our way out of this problem,” said McEathron, who notes the nationwide heroin epidemic is particularly bad in Northwestern Virginia. “You know we had 21 deaths in the task force region last year, and we've already reach 23 this year."

The fact that heroin deaths have already surpassed last year's number should be a huge wake up call for community members, who may have forgotten about the heroin problem.

"The agents are just swamped with investigating these different heroin [cases]. This case just culminated to a search warrant at that location and we were fortunate enough to get eight arrests out of it,” said McEathron.

Two of the individuals arrested, Casey Tobin and Justin Tobin were also charged with child endangerment, after agents discovered a child in the house during the raid.

"Drug dealers and drug users just don't seem to think about what's going on around them,” said McEathron. “Unfortunately some of them have kids, and they don't take care of them the way that they should."

Along with the 23 heroin overdose deaths so far this year, law enforcement agencies have handled dozens of heroin overdose injuries since the beginning of 2014.

Remember, if you live in the Northwestern area of Virginia, and know of drug activity going  on, you can call Crime Solvers, an anonymous hotline, at (540) 655- TIPS (8477).

If your tip leads to an arrest, you will get a cash reward.

 

The eight individuals, and their charges are as follows:

Justin Lovoy Tobin (31, Front Royal) was arrested on two counts of Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance and one count of Child Endangerment. J. Tobin is incarcerated at RSW Regional Jail and held without bond.

Casey Jane Tobin (25, Front Royal) was arrested on two counts of Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance and one count of Child Endangerment. C. Tobin is incarcerated at RSW Regional Jail and held without bond.

Aaron Roy Hayden (28, Roanoke) was arrested on one count of Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance, one count of Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and one count of Possession of Controlled Paraphernalia. Hayden is incarcerated at RSW Regional Jail and held without bond.

Christina Gayle Crawford (23, Front Royal) was arrested on one count of Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Rosalind Deneen Allen (50, Baltimore) was arrested on one count of Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance. Allen is incarcerated at RSW Regional Jail and held without bond.

Patrick Allen Decristofaro (24, Front Royal) was arrested on one count of Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance. Descristofaro is incarcerated at RSW Regional Jail and held without bond.

Philip Lee Vaughn (40, Front Royal) was arrested on one count of Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance. Vaughn has been released from RSW Regional Jail after posting $2000 secured bond.

Amy Renee McCorkle (29, Luray) was arrested on one count of Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance. McCorkle is incarcerated at RSW Regional Jail and is being held on a $2000 secured bond.

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