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News: Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 30, 2016 - Contact Lisa E. Kinney, (804) 674-3275

Thirty-two Arrested for Drug Violations: Operation Consequences Initiated by VADOC Probation and Parole District in Ashland

RICHMOND Thirty-two probationers and parolees are realizing the consequences of their illegal drug use today as a result of an unannounced drug-testing effort - Operation Consequences - conducted Tuesday, June 28 by the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) Probation and Parole (P&P) District 41, Ashland.

The Ashland P&P Office initiated Operation Consequences in coordination with the Town of Ashland Police, the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police and the Pamunkey Regional Jail. Law enforcement officials tested more than 70 probationers and parolees from the Town of Ashland and counties of Hanover and Caroline in netting the 32 arrests.

“We are committed to the reduction of substance abuse-related crime and taking a proactive approach in dealing with heroin/opioid abuse,” said VADOC Director Harold Clarke.  “Our Probation and Parole officers work in partnership with law enforcement agencies to make our communities safer, reduce victimization, and reduce recidivism,” he added.

Heroin/opioids and cocaine were the drugs most often detected among the 32 arrested. The testing took place at the Ashland P&P Office.