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Four charged in major Louisa County drug bust

Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Four people were arrested by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office on April 4 in a major drug case.

Joshua Hicks, 18; Joanna McDonald, 37; and Jeremiah Williams, 24, of Louisa; and Robert Murray, 37, of Doswell, were caught with crystal meth, Oxycodone, Xanax, and marijuana valued at about $100,000.

The arrests came as the result of a six-month joint investigation by the sheriff’s office’s Narcotics Task Force, which includes detectives from the Virginia State Police.

Using a search warrant at a Louisa County house, police found one pound of crystal meth, more than 400 Oxycodone pills, more than 3,700 Xanax pills and 1.8 pounds of marijuana. They also seized $7,965 in cash.

Twelve guns, including five shotguns, four rifles and three pistols, were also confiscated from the group.

“This arrest is one of the top three largest drug arrests in the history of the county,” Sheriff Ashland Fortune said.

The four face a combined 13 counts of manufacture, sale or distribution of drugs. Hicks was charged with one count of illegal gun possession.

The suspects are being held at Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange and are due in Louisa General District Court on April 26.