Jose C. Loayza, 30, pled guilty today in Louisa County Circuit Court to possession of over 100 grams of methamphetamine and possession of firearms while in possession of drugs. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Loayza, of Culpeper, was caught on Dec. 11, 2019 in a vehicle in Zion Crossroads with nearly 200 grams of methamphetamine and three handguns, according to the Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
Detectives found $6,034 in small bills in Loayza's pockets. He had been the subject of an ongoing investigation by multiple agencies, including the Louisa County Narcotics Task Force, aimed at eliminating drug trafficking in the area.
In addition to the 10-year sentence, Loayza forfeited the $6,034, which the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office will use to stop drug dealers, Robert Wood, deputy commonwealth's attorney, said in a prepared statement. As Loayza, a native of Peru, is not a citizen, he will be required to depart the United States following his sentence or face additional jail time, Wood said.
“The arrest and prosecution of Mr. Loayza clearly demonstrates that the trafficking of narcotics in central Virginia will not be tolerated," said Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire. "This case provides a prime example of the outstanding teamwork that exists between law enforcement agencies in Louisa and surrounding jurisdictions.”
“We are thankful to the multiple law enforcement agencies who work constantly to keep these poisons off of our streets," said Brittany Hinton, assistant commonwealth’s attorney.