February 13, 2008
A federal grand jury indicted eight men Wednesday in connection to a drug ring and illegal firearms.
39-year-old Reynold Samuels Jr., of Charlottesville and Waynesboro, along with seven other defendants face charges stemming from an operation that distributed illegal drugs, and pirated DVDs.
Some members were also charged with possessing illegal firearms and distributing controlled substances over a five year period. Officials say the operation was headed by Samuels, Jr.
The identity of the remaining defendants are being sealed pending their arrests and appearances before a federal judge. In total there are 14 charges that the group face.
The investigation that led to the arrests involved the JADE Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
If convicted Reynolds, Jr. faces a mandatory life sentence and a maximum fine of $4,000,000.
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