Share

The Blotter

|
Local,Crime,Scott McCabe,Naomi Jagoda

9 indicted in marijuana scheme

Nine people have been indicted in a plot to smuggle a ton of marijuana from Arizona to Maryland, authorities said.

Charged in the two-count indictment were Antonio Hill Jr., 32, of Largo; Erico Hill, 31, of Hyattsville; James Lewis Jr., 22, of Hyattsville; Kenneth Davis, 24, of Hyattsville; Ernest Rawlings, 29, of Riverdale; Errol Comma, 30, of Lanham; and Jane Nkemateh, 28, of New Carrollton. A husband and wife from Arizona, Jose Valenzuela, 58, and Beatriz, 55, were also charged.

According to the charging document, Antonio Hill and his brother Erico coordinated the shipment of drugs from Arizona. The other conspirators in Maryland allegedly received the packages of marijuana, and repackaged the drugs for distribution.

The defendants face a maximum of life in prison.

Meth lab allegedly found in garage

A suspected methamphetamine lab was found at a home in Culpeper, officials said.

Culpeper police responded to a domestic call on the 1100 block of Meander Drive on Tuesday afternoon and found the suspected lab in the home's garage. Police evacuated neighboring homes and called the Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies for help.

Officers, who were wearing protective suits and breathing masks, removed items suspected to manufacture meth from the garage.

A man and a woman, who were not identified, were charged with domestic assault. The man allegedly resisted arrest, officials said, and a police officer hurt his hand while he was trying to arrest the man.

Two children living in the home have been turned over to Culpeper Child Protective Services, and the home has been declared uninhabitable, officials said.

Veteran killed in hit-and-run identified

Officials have identified the military veteran who was fatally struck Tuesday morning in a hit-and-run in Arlington.

The victim, 62-year-old Robert Shepard, of Lawrence, Mass., had been reported missing and endangered by a girlfriend on June 29, according to the Arlington County Police Department.

The incident occurred in the southbound lanes of Route 110 near Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. Shepard was struck by a vehicle and thrown about 60 feet, Arlington police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said.

About 5:35 a.m. Tuesday, 911 dispatchers received a call about a pedestrian lying on the sidewalk in front of a vehicle, Sternbeck said. When officers arrived at the scene, the striking vehicle had left.

The vehicle and the driver have yet to be identified, and police are continuing to investigate the incident.

View article comments Leave a comment