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Gainesville men arrested after traffic stop in Opal

Two Gainesville residents were arrested in a late night traffic stop in the Opal area of Fauquier County.

The traffic stop led deputies to the Fauquier Motel to search for a wanted person, Katrina Gabrielle Malinoski, 19, of Broad Run, who was wanted for possession of a controlled substance according to the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office. A search of that motel room by deputies and a narcotics K-9 led to the discovery of heroin, marijuana and other controlled narcotics.


From top left, Katrina G. Malinoski, Bryan C. Banks, Raymond A. Esqueda, and Thomas P. Bigoness Jr.

Master Deputy James Arrington charged Raymond Marcus Esqueda, 19, of Gainesville, with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and Thomas Patrick Bigoness, Jr, 25, of Gainesville, with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

MDS Arrington also charged Bryan Christopher Banks, 21, of Warrenton, with possession of a controlled substance.

Deputy First Class Houston Butler stopped a vehicle near Opal Thursday night around 11 p.m. The registered owner of the vehicle was wanted out of Prince William County for a drug violation. Deputy Butler’s investigation led to the nearby Fauquier Motel where the wanted person was in a motel room and taken into custody, according to the FCSO.

A search of that motel room by deputies and a narcotics K-9 led to the discovery of heroin, marijuana and other controlled narcotics.

"Fauquier Motel management was very cooperative during the investigation," according to the Sheriff's Office.

All four were held with bond at the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center.
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