15 charged in Amherst Co. meth trafficking investigation
AMHERST Co., Va. (WSET) - Fifteen people have been charged in a methamphetamine distribution investigation in Amherst County.
Officials with the United States Attorney's office say the Narcotics Unit of the Amherst County Sheriff's Office started the investigation.
They say the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was contacted because of the amount of drugs, the "expansiveness of drug activity across multiple jurisdictions," and the high operational costs.
Those investigative efforts uncovered a vast trafficking network and led to the designation of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCEDTF) case.
Officials say the investigation led to multiple kilo-level seizures of meth, as well as the seizure of numerous guns, and tens of thousands of dollars in cash.
The U.S. Attorney's office says these fifteen people have been charged/convicted in federal court:
- George Christopher Mays, 43, of Wingina, Virginia.
- David Campos-Luebano, 26, of Chatham, Virginia.
- Graciano Ochoa-Bermudez, 40, a citizen of Mexico
- Isabel Gonzalez, 56, of Concord, North Carolina.
- Irineo Perez-Aguirre, 42, a citizen of Mexico.
- Jeffrey Dean-Dickinson, 51, of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
- Lance Dereck Hicks, 28, of Lynchburg, Virginia.
- Jonathan Wayne Angus, 29, of Gladstone, Virginia.
- Timothy Edgar Bryant, 36, of Gladstone, Virginia.
- Edgar Estrada Ruiz, 33, of Burke, Virginia.
- Cynthia D. Baird, 33, of Earlysville, Virginia.
- John Bernard Goolsby, 45, of Shipman, Virginia.
- Wayne Thomas Burnley, 43, of Wingina, Virginia.
- Stephanie Hurst, 32, of Lewisburg, North Carolina
- Kenneth Cordova, 32, of North Carolina
The U.S. Attorney's Office says the investigation is ongoing.
Several law enforcement agencies are helping the Amherst County Sheriff's Office and the DEA including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, Homeland Security Investigations, Virginia State Police, Lynchburg Police, Waynesboro Police, the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office, the Appomattox County Sheriff's Office, the Nelson County Sheriff's Office, the Buckingham County Sheriff's Office, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, the Stafford County Sheriff's Office, the Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office, the Jefferson Area Drug Task Force, The Campbell County Sheriff's Office, the Guilford County Sheriff's office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and the South Boston Police Department.
Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Bassford is prosecuting the cases.
John Goolsby's mugshot was not available at the time this story was written.