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Posted on: December 22, 2015

LCSO & DEA Investigation Nets Nearly $900,000 in Marijuana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 22, 2015 Contact: Kraig Troxell, Public Information Officer, 703-771-5278 kraig.troxell@loudoun.gov LCSO & DEA Investigation Nets Nearly $900,000 in Marijuana Loudoun County, VA- A joint investigation between the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has recovered nearly $900,000 in packaged marijuana. The marijuana was recovered during a traffic stop on the driver of a rental truck in the area of Old Ox Road and Route 267 shortly before 10 a.m. on Monday morning. The traffic stop was initiated based on information obtained through the sharing of intelligence between the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) and the DEA. The packaged marijuana was picked up by the driver prior to the traffic stop after it was shipped to Loudoun County, Va. using a national cargo transportation company. A total of 155 separately packaged bricks of marijuana, each weighing approximately 1.2 pounds, were discovered inside the rental truck. The gross weight with the packaging was 186 pounds. Also located was marijuana wax, commonly referred to as ‘shatter’. The gross packaged weight of the marijuana wax was 15 pounds. “The recovery of such an extraordinary amount of marijuana is unprecedented in Loudoun County and is a credit to the collaborative efforts between our Tactical Enforcement Unit and the DEA,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman. The driver, Bryant W. Denison, 54, of Petaluma, Ca. was taken into custody and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Denison remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond. Further charges are pending in the case. This is the second significant drug seizure in Loudoun County in 2015. In April, a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office felony drug investigation led to one of the largest seizures of narcotics and cash in the history of the county. The three-month long investigation recovered over 2.5 pounds of powder cocaine, 1 kilo of cocaine (brick), 5 ounces of crack-cocaine, 1.5 ounces of heroin, 6 pounds of marijuana, 5 ounces of PCP, 429 ecstasy pills, prescription pills, $60,000 in cash and other drug-related items. Two vehicles were also seized as part of the investigation. Three men were ultimately arrested in the case by members of TEU in coordination with Loudoun Sheriff’s patrol deputies. ###

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