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Drug-dealing investigation nets 26 teens, young adults, mostly from western PW

- Prince William police have announced drug charges for 26 teens and young adults, primarily in the western part of the county after an investigation that has been ongoing since February. According to Officer Jonathan Perok, a spokesman for the county police, “Operation Growing Pains” started with multiple detectives working separate cases and “it just kind of developed” into a long list of suspected drug dealers, most between the ages of 18 and 22.

Ice center hosts skating competition

- Prince William Ice Center’s Ice Stars Program will host the annual U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Competition “Blades of Summer” on May 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The competition is free and open to the public. Both beginner and advanced skaters are scheduled to showcase their talents on the ice.

Golf tournament raises funds local charities

- Ninety golfers and dozens of sponsors helped raise more than $22,000 for charitable and community groups at the NOVEC Helps, Hands Engaged in Local Public Service. The third annual golf tournament was held on May 14 at the Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville. NOVEC Helps plans to donate the proceeds to the health, charitable, youth and community organizations it supports.

Whitt’s Harley-Davidson celebrates 30 years

- Whitt’s Harley-Davidson of Manassas, the oldest Harley-Davidson dealership in Northern Virginia, celebrated 30 years of sales and service with an anniversary open house on May 20. Mayor Harry Parrish II and Councilwoman Sheryl Bass officiated the event, which was hosted by Historic Manassas.

New Comcast store opens

- On May 16 Comcast celebrated the grand opening of its Xfinity Store in Woodbridge with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Del. Rich Anderson and Prince William County Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect Dalena Kanouse attended the event.

All access boat launch now open

- People with disabilities who want to kayak or canoe will now have an easier time of it in Prince William County. Lake Ridge Golf and Marina recently opened its universal access boat launch that will allow people with physical disabilities to more easily get out on the water.

Group focuses on ‘Building the new Northern Virginia economy’

- If the head of Virginia's Chamber of Commerce is right, Northern Virginia, and Prince William County specifically, are poised for an economic coup. Last week, Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the state chamber, laid out the five components a region needs to develop the economy of the future: connectivity to the outside world, a competent workforce, intellectual capacity, an entrepreneurial spirit and a pro-business climate.

Bell likely to face competitive race… if Republicans field a challenger

- With less than two weeks remaining before the public primaries scheduled for June 9, one of the most competitive House of Delegates districts in the commonwealth only has one candidate. And that's after the leading candidate from each party dropped out of the race.

Reighard blasts Tigers by Cougars in conference semis

- For about 1.5 frames, the Tuesday night Kettle Run-Brentsville District varsity girls soccer match up really could have gone either way during the Conference 27 semifinals. Yet all it took was one successful shot from the host Tigers to capture momentum and end Kettle Run's season with a 1-0 victory on the Prince William side of Nokesville. Brentsville's goal came from midfielder Emily Reighard, one of three freshmen on the varsity roster.

LETTER:Mental health awareness: Know the symptoms

- When it comes to cancer, heart disease or diabetes, nobody feels shameful or waits years to seek medical help. With most diseases, we start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention, regular screenings and early treatment. So, this Mental Health Awareness Month, I have to ask: why aren’t we doing the same for mental illness?

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Drug-dealing investigation nets 26 teens, young adults, mostly from western PW

Police operation nets 26 drug-dealing arrests

By Tara Slate Donaldson

Prince William police have announced drug charges for 26 teens and young adults, primarily in the western part of the county after an investigation that has been ongoing since February.
According to Officer Jonathan Perok, a spokesman for the county police, “Operation Growing Pains” started with multiple detectives working separate cases and “it just kind of developed” into a long list of suspected drug dealers, most between the ages of 18 and 22.

Two of the suspects are minors who attend Patriot High School.
Perok cautioned that “not all of them are connected” and while some of the suspects know each other or worked together, the busts do not indicate a large drug ring or even separate smaller ones.
“We actually in the beginning of the operation didn't have a list of names,” he said, explaining that a detective instead asked some questions and identified a suspect, then asked some more questions and identified another suspect.
That scenario played out with multiple detectives and the list of suspects grew, he said.

Asked whether police believe the drugs were distributed inside the school system, Perok said it's common knowledge that “kids are using them in schools” but that there's no specific indication that dealers were selling drugs on school property.
The drugs involved were primarily cocaine, LSD, mushrooms (psilocybin), pharmaceutical pills, marijuana and concentrated marijuana (called “wax”).

As part of the investigation, police issued search warrants and searched homes on Ellesmere Way in Bristow, Bannon Way in Woodbridge and McClellan Common in the city of Manassas, as well as one in Gainesville, the residence of one of the underage suspects.

During the search, police seized a handgun, marijuana, prescription Xanax, concentrated marijuana and cash.
Perok said the gun came from the home of Antonio Giovanni Defranks, 21, in Bristow. He was charged with possession of a firearm with a scheduled narcotic, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of narcotics and three counts of distributing less than a half-ounce of marijuana.

In addition to Defranks, the other suspects are:
* Justice Edward Ansah, 19, of Manassas, charged with distribution of narcotics, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute imitation narcotics;
* Donnie Sagoe Buah, 18, of Woodbridge, charged with distribution of narcotics;
* Michael Nicholas Ceglie, 18, of Manassas, charged with attempted distribution of narcotics and robbery;
* Sean Anthony Cephus, 18, of Gainesville, charged with distribution of narcotics to a minor under 18;
* Oscar Leonel Chavarria Gonzalez, 20, of Bristow, charged with distribution of narcotics and robbery;
* Lizvit Juarez Corral, 18, of Manassas, charged with two counts of distribution of narcotics;
* Joel Manuel Correa, 23, of Gainesville, charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana
* Sergio Alexander Diaz, 20, of Manassas, charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana;
* Nicholas Aaron Fox, 18, of Nokesville, charged with distribution of narcotics;
* Ryan Patrick Gulley, 18, of Bristow, charged with distribution of narcotics and robbery;
* Devante Marquis Jackson, 21, of Manassas, charged with distribution of marijuana;
* Christina Maria King, 19, of Bristow, charged with distribution of narcotics;
* Pedro Agustin Orozco-Rotela, 19, of Bristow, charged with distribution of narcotics and robbery;
* Hozan Pourdel, 21, of Fairfax, charged with felony distribution of marijuana;
* Rasteen Abdul Safi, 18, of Woodbridge, charged with possession of marijuana;
* Matthew Scott Schuetz, 19, of Bristow, charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana;
* Desmond Amante Spates, 23, of Woodbridge, charged with intent to distribute marijuana;
* Luke William Stowe, 20, of Woodbridge, charged with felony distribution of marijuana;
* A 17-year-old male from Gainesville, charged with distribution of narcotics, distribution of marijuana and felony distribution of marijuana;

Police are still seeking several suspects who have not yet been arrested:
* Isaiah Augustus Boiling, 19, of Manassas, wanted for distribution of narcotics;
* Victor Anthony Ceglie, 19, of Manassas, wanted for distribution of marijuana;
* Zachary Grey Magerkorth, 19, of Manassas, wanted for two counts of distribution of marijuana;
* Logan Michael Pack, 18, of Gainesville, wanted for distribution of narcotics;
* Stanley Anthony Robertson, 34, of Woodbridge, wanted for distribution of narcotics;
* Luke William Stowe, 20, of Woodbridge, wanted for felony distribution of marijuana;
* A 16-year-old female from Gainesville, wanted for conspiracy to distribute narcotics;

The arrests were made between March and May 28 with most coming in the final weeks of May.
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Drug-dealing investigation nets 26 teens, young adults, mostly from western PW

Ice center hosts skating competition

Golf tournament raises funds local charities

Whitt’s Harley-Davidson celebrates 30 years

New Comcast store opens

All access boat launch now open

Group focuses on ‘Building the new Northern Virginia economy’

Bell likely to face competitive race… if Republicans field a challenger

Reighard blasts Tigers by Cougars in conference semis

LETTER:Mental health awareness: Know the symptoms

Brentsville takes second in boys, girls track

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