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$150,000-plus in drugs, firearms seized from Augusta, Nelson residences

WAYNESBORO — Four residents from Augusta and Nelson counties face a multitude of gun and drug charges following seizures of more than $150,000 in illegal goods, according to the Virginia State Police.

Task force investigators executed search warrants Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 at residences in Lyndhurst, Arrington and Lovingston, a VSP news release said. As a result of the searches, authorities seized 15 firearms, approximately 3.25 pounds of methamphetamine, about one pound of marijuana, marijuana edibles and illegal prescription drugs.

James Brian Paterson, 46, of Lyndhurst, and Joseph Michael Acord, 42, of Arrington, are charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm while in possession of a Schedule II drug.

Richard Daniel Acord, 37, of Lovingston, is charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of meth and possession with intent to distribute more than one ounce and less than five pounds of marijuana.

Frances Jeanette Hester, 40, of Lyndhurst, is charged with possession with intent to distribute meth.

Several area drug enforcement task forces worked on the case.

Additional charges are pending, the release said.


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