Largest Heroin Seizure in Bedford County, VA History!

Bedford Co., VA – A coordinated law enforcement effort resulted in the largest heroin seizure ever in Bedford County according to Sheriff Mike Brown.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office seized 2,800 hits of heroin. The street value is $84,000.

Sheriff Brown says the heroin came from New Jersey.

“You can bet your bottom dollar that a lot of it would have been distributed in Bedford County,” said Sheriff Mike Brown. “It would have been a tremendous, tremendous headache for law enforcement and for other individuals in Bedford County.”

Jesse Ray Little, 56, of Huddleston was arrested early Monday morning. He’s charged with possession with intent to distribute. The arrest happened in western Bedford County, near Roanoke.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit, DEA, Virginia State Police, Roanoke Police Department, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) took part in the operation. Sheriff Brown said intelligence in this case was collected locally and in New Jersey.

Sheriff Brown said they’ve been working this case for several months and the investigation continued into Monday night, after Little’s arrest.

Little is being held without bond at the Bedford Adult Detention Center. His preliminary hearing is set for late July.

Original Link: WSET.com

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Seizes $84,000 Worth of Heroin in Huddleston

Press Release
June 9, 2015

MAJOR BEDFORD COUNTY DRUG DEALER ARRESTED, ILLEGAL DRUG TENTACLES TO NEW JERSEY SEVERED

Late Sunday night, 6/7/2015, and, in the early morning hours of Monday, 6/8/’15, members of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vice Unit, with the priceless and ‘above and beyond’ assistance from DEA, Virginia State Police, Roanoke Police Department and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“HIDTA”) Task Force arrested:

JESSE RAY LITTLE

JESSE RAY LITTLE

Jesse Ray Little
5670 Johnson Mountain Road, Huddleston, VA 23104,
DOB-01/01/1959

The arrest took place in the western portion of Bedford County and was supported by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Tact Team.

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office seized 2,800 ‘hits’ of heroin with street value of $84,000.00

Seized Heroin

Seized Heroin

This is the largest seizure of heroin in Bedford County …ever, and a disturbing trend in the illegal drug arena as we, BCSO, has concentrated on this particular illegal drug, as others, but our concern reference this drug has been a little more focused because of the it’s high risk for addiction. To see this amount of heroin come into our county is a concern to this office and a concern that we will certainly keep an in our ‘crosshairs!’

Heroin addiction is one of the most destructive and painful addictions in the world and rehab can be a lifelong process. Produced from the poppy, heroin is a semi-synthetic form of morphine. It has been estimated to be one of the most addictive substances created. In 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 1.6 percent) had used heroin at least once in their lives. It is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it.

Our Vice and Drug Unit worked with the above noted agencies for several months perfecting this case, as well as police and intelligence units in New Jersey.

We will not have a formal press release, but will schedule each of your outlets at a time convenient to you. The seizure will be available for photographing.\

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Kyle Marks is the Recipient of the 3rd Will Branham Officer Survival Award

Dep. Kyle Marks

Dep. Kyle Marks

Officer Jonathan “Kyle” Marks, Bedford County Sheriffs Office. Recipient of the 3rd Will Branham Officer Survival Award.

Will Branham was a good friend of some BCSO deputies and after high school worked at Lynchburg PD. He passed away from cancer some years ago and left behind 2 small children and a wife.

There have only been 3 of these awards given.

The BCSO Family congratulates Deputy Kyle Marks on this prestigious award

Woman Charged with Malicious Wounding

PRESS RELEASE
May 28, 2015

At 2:11a.m. May 28, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call to 115 Mill Acres Dr. from a man reporting his wife had stabbed him. The caller, James
Dudley, age 61, said while he was sleeping his wife stabbed him with what he believed to be a kitchen fork. Deputies arrived on the scene at 2:32 a.m. and arrested
Barbara Dudley, age 63, without incident. She was transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and is being held without bond. She was charged with malicious
wounding. The victim refused medical treatment.

BARBARA B. DUDLEY

BARBARA B. DUDLEY

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Bedford County Board of Supervisors Invited on a Ride Along with Working Deputies

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The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office will host members of the BoS this Friday from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM is a ‘Ride Along’ exercise, see above email, that will allow the members of the board to better understand the duties of our deputies and see firsthand the stress and dangers these men and women encounter every day while protecting the citizens of the county. It is also my fervent hope that the BoS members will reconsider their plans to give the deputies, and all county employees, a 2.5% raise and increase it another 2% for a total of 4.5% pay increase. This would give the deputies, and other county employees, a raise equal to the school board pay increase. We are ranked 14th lowest paid out of 15 law enforcement agencies in this area and some of our employees may still qualify for food stamps. I am not aware of any that do, but I suspect that if some are receiving these benefits they would not let anyone know but for the embarrassment.

I was told by a shift sergeant: “The deputies are very grateful for every penny they receive, but they just can’t understand why some get more pennies than others, especially when these ‘some’ lay their lives on the line every day for members of the board and the citizens of this county.”

The supervisors will start their shift with their ‘partners’ at 3:00PM on May 29, 2015, in the upper parking area of the sheriff’s office…rain or shine!

Below is the email invitation from Sheriff Mike Brown

Honorable Board Members and others: 

In reference to the email that I sent to you on the May 12, 2015, attached above; we will accommodate any of you who wish to ‘Ride Along’  next Friday, May 29, 2015, with the start time being 3:00PM until midnight, at the sheriff’s office. You can ride the whole shift or a portion thereof. It is important that you show your support for the men and women of the sheriff’s office and let them know that you are working on raising the percentage extended to them and the other county employees another 2.5%.  The deputies lives are on the line 24/7/365… you have seen this scenario unfolded here in Bedford County twice in the last year. Adding to the already volatile situation in Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Tidewater area of Virginia and other locations, is the official police ‘alert’ that I received yesterday after the shootout in Waco, Texas, as noted below:

“On May 18, 2015, police have issued an Officer Safety Alert after credible information was received that the outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) involved in yesterday’s deadly shootout, that killed 12 in Waco, TX,, have been ordered to ‘kill anyone in uniform’.” This alert covers the whole of the USA … our deputies, as well as area police departments and the state police, are on high alert. THIS ALERT IS NOT JUST FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS .  

Please show our deputies that they are more than an employee ID number…their lives matter and they deserve a wage equivalent to other departments in the area. We are still # 14, on a list of 15 police and sheriffs offices that surround our county. This is a morale ‘buster’!  Adding to this dreadful situation your sheriff’s office is facing an employee shortage that is only getting bleaker by the week. I learned yesterday that one of our deputies has accepted an offer from the VPI Police Department, and on the heels of this ‘nauseas’ announcement I was advised in a staff meeting that we are three deputies short now, and have at least six other deputies that are actively searching for employment at other law enforcement agencies. The reason is salary … this sheriff’s office is fast approaching ‘critical mass’ and when that point is reached I will remove all SRO’s from the schools and put them on a shift. I will have no other choice. At least one of the deputies leaving will be glad to meet with a representative of the Board and explain the reason that he is leaving…again, pay! They feel that the board does not appreciate their service and considers other employees more valuable.  I am being told, from representatives of our employees, that they are very grateful for every penny they receive but they just can’t understand why some get more pennies than others, especially when these ‘some’ lay their lives on the line every day for you and the citizens of this county.

Ride and see what it’s like and tell me you would do it for what they are paid.

Bedford County Sheriffs Office Needs Information on Goodview Larcenies

Between 5/8/15 and 5/11/15 an unknown person or persons entered the property at 1437 Dickerson Rd. Goodview Virginia and entered several storage buildings and stole the following items.

1 Northern Star fertilizer spreader 40 gal tank w/electric sprayer
Craftsman 2 wheel utility trailer
small white refrigerator
craftsman toolboxes w/misc tools
Dewalt construction radio
Bush Hog Squealer 6ft Deck Kubota Orange
Post Hole augers
3 pt. Hitch for augers
Harrow Discs
Manure Spreader make unknown Brown in color

These items had to be removed from the property with a very large truck or trailer and most likely with multiple people involved to take them.

Here is a photo of the property.

Stolen Property - Goodview

 

Anyone having information is asked to please contact the BCSO website through our anonymous tip line or Investigator Steve Smith phone 540-586-4800 EXT. 4076 or contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Any information leading to the arrest and conviction of subjects involved could lead to a cash reward.

ICAC Installing Elevator to Host Wounded Warrior Training

Bedford Co., VA – A program that gives our wounded veterans a new career protecting our children is getting a lift, literally. The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is putting in an elevator at its office in Bedford County.

Much of the office is already ADA compliant, but if the task force wants to host H.E.R.O. Child Rescue Corps, they need to make sure those heroes can access every part of the building.

Investigators have been doing the demolition and construction work themselves, under the supervision of general contractor Tommy Scott. That work passed inspection Friday morning, clearing the way for the concrete footer to be poured. Two wheelchairs will be able to fit inside the lift.

The work is being done so our local task force can host training classes of warriors, like one going on in Washington D.C. right now. The next class is tentatively set for October.

Sheriff Mike Brown would like for Bedford County to be a permanent training location for the warriors and hopes to hire some of the veterans when positions are available on our local task force.

Several local businesses either donated labor and materials or offered them at a reduced cost for the elevator project. Those businesses are:

Lynchburg Ready Mix

Tommy Dawson Electrical

Taylor Brothers Lumber

Pearson Equipment

Romar Elevators

Magic City Sprinkler

Eastbrook Heating and Air

Bays Trash Removal

The sheriff’s office is hoping local businesses will donate meals and other items for the warriors to enjoy during their 12-week training. If you’re interested in donating call (540)586-4800 and ask for Robin Sundquist.

Original Link: WSET.COM

Sheriff Mike Brown Running For Re-election

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To The Citizens of Bedford County and Town:

As a great number of you already know I am running for reelection as Sheriff, Bedford County, this November. With this in mind I am again respectfully and humbly asking for your vote! I am looking forward to another four years as your sheriff and will, as in the past, continue to develop projects that enhances the safety and security of each and every citizen of this county while pursuing regional, state and federal grants that takes the financial burden of paying for these programs off of the backs of our hard working citizens.

A few of the grants that we have received, at no cost to our tax payers, are: ballistic vests for our deputies, computers that are used in the investigations of sexual predators that target our children, overtime for deputies for DUI enforcement and speed suppression, alco-sensors and dash cameras for our vehicles, mobile data units for the patrol cars, SROs for the schools,  3 deputies for gang unit (we have seen an increase of gang activity over the last 5 years in the county), special safety and security equipment for the court house,  forensic equipment for Investigations, mobile document scanners for investigations, camera equipment, computer monitors for deputy’s room, large screen displays for dispatch calls,  tactical team ballistic shields, laptops for SROs, PowerPoint projector for SROs, keyless entry system for BCSO building, reverse 911 system

 I have several projects that I will be developing over the next four years and I think you will be excited and pleased when I preview them for your information and review. One in particular should have your full support as it deals with the training of wounded, injured and ill veterans in high-tech computer forensics and law enforcement skills, to assist in the fight against online child sexual exploitation. Upon successful completion of the program these veterans will have the knowledge, skills and experience to apply for careers with federal, state and local police agencies, and other organizations, in the field of computer forensics. This training will be funded by a grant and will give these Wounded Warriors a second chance at living an almost perfect life style… considering their injuries. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve the citizens of Bedford County for the last 19 + years and I look forward to another four years as your sheriff.

‘Like’ my re-election page on Facebook and keep updated on my progress.

Thank you

Sheriff Mike Brown

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Assistance on Identifying Driver of the Moneta Red Dodge Neon

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PRESS RELEASE
April 23, 2015

Recently there has been a lot of discussion on social media concerning a subject in a newer model red Dodge Neon in the Moneta area. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office would like to take a moment to address some of the postings and comments that have been put out by concerned citizens via social media.

The initial information was received by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office third-hand by a friend of a woman who experienced a disturbing incident where a heavy-set white male in a new model Dodge Neon had made rude and vulgar comments to her as she left the Food Lion Grocery Store at 14807 Moneta Road in Moneta. She then told her friend that the subject appeared to be following her because after she ate at nearby establishment, the same red Neon was parked near where she had parked her vehicle. This incident was not reported to law enforcement at the time of the incident. Once the information was provided to a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office employee, a notice was sent to all deputies to keep an extra eye and conduct additional patrols in this area to attempt to identify this subject. It must be noted that his actions were suspicious in nature, but no criminal offense occurred at that time.

Additionally, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call Sunday, April 19, 2015 to the Dollar General Store at 14655 Moneta Road concerning a juvenile subject who reported that a subject in a red Dodge Neon had attempted to abduct her. This incident was investigated, including video surveillance from the store, and it was found to be a false report. There was no evidence or information that corroborated the juveniles account, and there was no sighting of the Dodge Neon at this incident.

There have been postings on social media accounts from citizens in the Moneta area discussing additional incidents concerning a person (and this vehicle) over the last several days. One posting identified this subject as a convicted sex offender. At this time, none of these additional incidents has been reported to law enforcement and the subject has not been identified, let alone verified as a sex offender. At this time, there are no outstanding warrants on this individual; however investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the driver of the red Dodge Neon at the Moneta Food Lion.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone who is the victim of a crime to call 911. Anyone with information on the identity of this individual is asked to call 540-586-7827 or send information via our anonymous web tip form.

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G.R.E.A.T/DARE Annual Car Show and Swap Meet

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office
G.R.E.A.T./DARE
Annual Car Show & Swap Meet

Date: May 9, 2015
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Location: Liberty High School. Route 122, Bedford, VA.

There will be muscle cars, sports cars, motorcycles, tractors and trucks. Food and prizes! First 75 participants receive plaque.
Guaranteed music and fun for everyone!

TO REGISTER PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS FORM AND MAIL TO THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE OR BRING TO THE CAR SHOW

Pre-Registration by April 30, 2015
Swap Spaces – $8.00
Show Entries – $15.00
Pre-Registration – less $3.00

Please send Registration to:

Car Show – Bedford County Sheriff’s Office
1345 Falling Creek Road
Bedford, VA 24523

Download the Registration form here