July 26, 2006
Thirteen of the 19 people arrested for allegedly being involved in a methamphetamine conspiracy did face a judge for bond hearings and arraignments. Only one of them made bond today, and another was already out on bond.
The indictment has charged a total of 20 defendants with possessing and distributing pounds and pounds of meth. U.S. attorneys say much of the drug originated in the Charlottesville area and was distributed into the Harrisonburg area. The activities date back to February of 2004.
The document also states that the drug was given to minors at one of the defendants' Rockingham County home and that some of the men were also involved in sexual acts with those minors.
"We've been pursuing these kids of drug dealers for years now and again, what we're seeing is methamphetamine is the new drug of choice for many of these defendants, and it's a dangerous, dangerous, vile drug, and we're going to do our best to arrest and punish those who are distributing it on our streets," said U.S. attorney, John Brownlee.
A majority of the defendants also face firearm charges. Each defendant faces up to life in prison without parole. A trial date has been set for October 23.
Right now authorities are still trying to find one more defendant named in that indictment.