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Police arrest Warrenton teen after apartment raid

Thursday, Nov. 8 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force arrested a 17-year old Warrenton boy for marijuana distribution after a Fauquier Sheriff's Emergency Response Team raid last Friday.

The task force, in cojunction with Fauquier deputies and the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, breached the door of an apartment in Warrenton Gardens Apartments on Waterloo Road. The boy, a former Fauquier High School student, was not present when police raided the apartment at 1 a.m. They seized marijuana, a marijuana plant, smoking devices and digitals scales from the apartment.

"We had information that there was a possibliity of firearms being within the apartment complex where we did the raid," said Task Force Coordinator Tom Murphy. Fauquier's SERT team are equipped with body armor, breaching tools and other gear to ensure their safety in a high-risk search.

On Monday, the boy turned himself in to authorities, according to a release from the task force. He was arrested and charged with two felony counts of distribution of marijuana, one misdemeanor count of distribution of marijuana and three felony counts of distribution of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school zone (Fauquier High).

Murphy said he didn't know, at this point in the investigation, whether the boy's drug distribution was gang-related.

"We do know for a fact that this individual was distributing drugs to a community and also to students at the high school," Murphy said. "This is an investigation we've looked in to for the past several weeks."

The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force is Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force responsible for narcotic and gang investigations in the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Madison, Orange and the towns of Culpeper and Orange. It is made of detectives and investigators from the aforementioned sheriff’s offices, town police departments and special agents from the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Drug Enforcement Section.
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