Four Men Charged in Culpeper Drug Raid

Street Crimes Unit finds heroin, sawed-off shotgun, assault rifle and cash inside a home on Sperryville Pike in Culpeper.

John Wharton, James Parr, Silas Steele, Daniel Steele

Nov. 26, 2013

Four Culpeper County men face drug charges following a raid by members of the joint police and sheriff’s office Street Crimes Unit (SCU) last Friday that resulted in the seizure of heroin, cash and guns.

The SCU charged James Nathaniel Parr, 30, with two felony counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin. Daniel Aaron Steele, 30, stands charged with felony conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and possession of heroin. Also charged was his brother Silas Davis Steele, 20, with felony charges of possession of heroin, possession of a sawed off shotgun and possession of heroin while possessing a firearm. In addition, John Thomas Wharton Jr., 47, faces a felony charge of possession of heroin.

On November 22, at about 12:30 a.m., members of the SCU, along with additional Culpeper County deputies, served a drug search warrant at house in in the 11000 block of Sperryville Pike. The search warrant was the result of a more than two month effort, which required surveillance and continued investigation.

Once inside the house, police were surprised what they found.

“The scene was dangerous for deputies and officers due to the excessive amount of exposed needles.” said Culpeper Police Lt. Tim Chilton.

Chilton said the investigation revealed that the house had allegedly been used for sale of heroin as well as using the drug.

One thing police did not expect to encounter based on intelligence was that weapons were present and the type of firearms seized. An SKS assault rifle and 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun, a small amount of cash as well as heroin, with a street value of about $2,500, was seized in the raid.

“We didn’t anticipate the guns,” said Chilton.

All four men charged gave the Sperryville Pike address as their residence, police said.

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