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South Boston News
Oakes / May 10, 2020
A local health care provider who was arrested in the parking lot of Food Lion in Centerville on Saturday has been charged with felony possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Zachary Oakes, 30, of Ringgold was taken into custody by South Boston Police after officers stopped and searched his vehicle in the grocery store parking lot. Oakes, a family nurse practitioner, was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Halifax and booked on a charge of possessing Schedule I/II narcotics and a separate charge of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Schedule I and II drugs are defined by the DEA as controlled substances with a high potential for abuse — ranging from heroin to opioids. Online information on Oakes’ arrest does not specify the alleged drug that police took into possession.

Most recently, Oakes has been employed as a nurse practitioner with Southstone Behavioral Health in western Halifax County. In mid-2019, he joined Danville-based Sovah Health Physician Practices as a provider of primary care at the Sovah Family Medicine-Mount Hermon location.

Previously, he worked as a nurse practitioner at GoDocs of South Boston and at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. He is a past member of Ringgold Volunteer Fire and Rescue, getting his start in the health care field as an EMT and firefighter.

Oakes was taken to the Halifax jail Saturday afternoon and released on $3,000 bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in the case for June 10, 2020 in Halifax General District Court, according to court records.

(Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect that Zachary Oakes is a former member of the Ringggold fire department, having last served as a volunteer there more than a decade ago, according to fire chief Mike Neal.)

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