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Two arrested on heroin distribution charges

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Jonathan Wayne Martin, left, and Christopher Gray Moser / April 05, 2018
Two Halifax County men have been charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin after coming under surveillance by the Halifax Regional Narcotic and Gang Task Force, which tracked the suspects to Henderson, N.C. where an alleged purchase of heroin took place.

Arrested Tuesday were Jonathan Wayne Martin, a resident of Owens Avenue in South Boston, and Christopher Gray Moser of Paradise Road, Alton. Both suspects were charged with heroin possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Martin is being held in jail without bond while Moser was released on a $3,000 secured bond.

According to police reports, the men were arrested after being stopped by Virginia State Police, in coordination with Task Force agencies conducting surveillance of the suspects. Trooper Gary Goad initiated a traffic stop of the suspect’s vehicle for several violations and, accompanied by a Senior State Trooper with a narcotic sniffing canine, conducted a “free air” search of the vehicle.

The canine picked up a scent of narcotics from the vehicle and officers conducted a probable cause search that turned up some 60 bags of suspected heroin with an estimated value of $1,200, according to authorities.

The arrests came amidst a countywide drug interdiction effort this week to respond to complains of narcotic activity. Martin and Moser drew the attention of the task force as officers conducted surveillance of a South Boston residence, and police subsequently witnessed the men going to Henderson to purchase heroin, said State Police Special Agent R.B. George III.

“This was a great cooperative effort among numerous agencies and jurisdictions that made for a successful outcome,” said Sheriff Fred Clark of the arrests.

Also in the past week, South Boston Police Officer Brian Warner arrested Rasha O’Shey Stovall on a charge of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Stovall was arrested without incident after a traffic stop conducted by Warner and directed by the Task Force. He has been released on bond.

The Halifax Regional Narcotic and Gang Task Force is comprised of members of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department and Virginia State Police.

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