Crime & Safety
13 people arrested on drug charges in Roanoke
Roanoke, Virginia – More than a dozen people were arrested in Roanoke on Wednesday on a number of federal charges, according to authorities.
In the Department of Justice’s report, 13 people have been arrested and charged with crimes like selling heroin and fentanyl and methamphetamine and cocaine; having explosives by a felon; illegally storing explosives; and more.
Over the previous two weeks, the following individuals have been apprehended:
- Thomas Mauney, 31, Roanoke, Va.- Distribution of heroin and fentanyl.
- Destiny Jones, 29, Roanoke, Va. – Distribution of fentanyl.
- Shaewon Leon Smith, 33, Roanoke, Va.- Distribution of fentanyl and possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute.
- Shakeem Malik Hunt, 27, Roanoke, Va.- Distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine.
- Isiah Surles, 26, Roanoke, Va. – Distribution of cocaine.
- Richard “Bugatti” Brown, Roanoke, Va. – Distribution of cocaine.
- Travon Hardy, 28, Roanoke, Va. – Distribution of heroin and fentanyl.
- Anthony Haynes, 32, Roanoke, Va. – Distribution of heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine
- Richard Leon Cotton, 43, Roanoke, Va.- Distribution of heroin and fentanyl.
- Robert Wright, 28, Vinton, Va. – Possession of explosives by a felon, illegal storage of explosives.
three people have been arrested recently on federal charges that are similar to those against these ten people. They are all part of the same operation as these ten people.
- Daunte Rashad Lamonde, 28, Roanoke, Va.- Possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
- Torrence Lamont Smith, 41, Roanoke, Va.- Possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.
- Anthony Dwayne Banks, 31, Roanoke, Va.- Distribution of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
There are many agencies involved in this investigation, such as the FBI, the ATF, the City of Roanoke Police Department, the Roanoke County Police Department, and the Salem Police Department. Additionally, the Drug Enforcement Administration as well as the Virginia State Police are involved.