Sixteen people involved in a highly dangerous crime ring based in Baltimore are behind bars. It comes after years of narcotics distribution and commercial burglaries across the mid-Atlantic.
A key piece of the puzzle that led to the arrests came from a sheriff's office central Virginia. The Greene County Sheriff's Office got involved in this case after a bank robbery in April 2012. Now, the office has provided the key piece of information that led to the identification of David Paschall, William Metcalf, Ronald Henderson, Mark Johnson and their arrests.
The identification of these men by the Greene County Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of 16 people involved in a dangerous crime ring spanning several years and at least four states.
"This is an organized crime group. It's very structured, very dangerous and the impact has been horrible," said Captain David Roach of the Greene County Sheriff's Office.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office says those men were behind a break-in at the University of Virginia Credit Union in Ruckersville in April 2012. Since then, investigators have worked alongside officers from Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and other parts of Virginia to connect this incident to a string of other commercial burglaries and a conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs, heroin and cocaine.
"It's a culmination of a large organized organization in the business of distributing various forms of Schedule II narcotics," said Roach. "That business is supplemented by commercial burglaries and robberies."
Greene County's identification of David Paschall led investigators to Paschall's Auto Body Shop in Baltimore.
"Paschall Auto Body is a hub similar to a compound where much of the planning and orchestrating of these burglaries and drug trafficking occurred," said Roach.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for Maryland announced, on July 18 hundreds of officers from different jurisdictions searched 21 locations simultaneously. They arrested 16 people and seized money, drugs, guns and stolen property - but the case isn't closed.
"There is an ongoing investigation and, in all likelihood, there will be superseding indictments," said Roach.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office has decided not to bring local charges. Instead, the office will provide information and intelligence for the ongoing federal investigation.
Green County Sheriff's Office Press Release
On July 18, 2013 the U.S. Attorney's Office for Maryland announced that a federal grand jury indicted 16 people on charges involving multiyear, multistate conspiracies to commit crimes that ranged from drug distribution and home invasions to commercial burglaries and bank robberies. The three indictments were returned on July 16, 2013 and unsealed on July 18, upon the arrests of the defendants and execution of search warrants at 21 locations in Baltimore, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County.
David Paschall, William Metcalf, Ronald Henderson and Mark Johnson, all of Maryland, are named in the indictment for conduct in Greene County, VA stemming from an incident that occurred on April 8, 2012 at the University of Virginia Credit Union in Ruckersville, VA. Greene County Sheriff's Office personnel responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the Credit Union and discovered that the bank and the bank vault room had been breached; the perpetrators had fled on foot and were not apprehended at that time. The above named individuals are charged with conspiring to commit bank robbery and incidental crimes, and interstate transportation of stolen goods, 18 U.S.C. § 371; unlawful possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. § 922 (g); aiding and abetting, 18 U.S.C § 2.
As the investigation continues, the Greene County Sheriff's Office is coordinating with local, state and federal agencies across Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
"The coordination and communication of all agencies involved is what has led us to success in this investigation," said Sheriff Steve Smith. "Our staff has worked endless hours and should be commended on their efforts."
Anyone with information is requested to contact Captain D. Roach at the Greene County Sheriff's Office at (434) 985-2222.
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