Loudoun County, Va. (April 6, 2015) – Two men are in custody after a felony drug investigation that led to one of the largest seizures of narcotics and cash in the history of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
The 3-month long investigation, conducted by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU), led narcotics detectives to a 3rd floor hotel room in the 45500 block of Majestic Drive on March 31st. As members of the TEU unit were preparing to conduct a search on the hotel room, one suspect exited the room.
Luis M. Garcia, 37, of Connecticut was apprehended at the scene and taken into custody. A second suspect was determined to be inside.
As narcotics detectives attempted to enter the hotel room shortly before 3 a.m., the second suspect jumped from a third floor balcony and onto an awning below. The suspect then fled into a wooded area and refused to comply with commands to exit or show his hands. The suspect was taken into custody with the assistance of a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit.
Recovered in the hotel room was over 2.5 pounds of powder cocaine, 1 kilo of cocaine (brick), 5 ounces of crack-cocaine, 1.5 ounces of heroin, 6 pounds of marijuana, 5 ounces of PCP, 429 ecstasy pills, prescription pills, $60,000 in cash and other drug-related items. Two vehicles were also seized as part of the investigation.
“The arrest of these two men along with the recovery of a large amount of drugs has made our streets safer,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman. “The efforts of the members of the Tactical Enforcement Unit during the course of the investigation combined with the coordinated efforts of our patrol deputies during Tuesday morning’s arrests were exemplary,” Sheriff Chapman added.
Ronald D. Delaespada, 39, of New York and Garcia were charged with distribution of narcotics and possession with intent to sell/distribute. Both men remain held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.
The investigation continues and further arrests are possible.