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Updated: 11 Suspected in Stafford Heroin Ring


7:45 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014

Police arrested two others wanted in connection to a heroin ring they say was operating in Stafford County.

Jimmy Mills, Jr., 34, of 21 Petroleum Drive in Stafford and James Anthony Cox, 25, of no fixed address are now in custody. Both men were indicted on Monday of being suspects in a drug ring that involved at least 11 people from Stafford County, according to the Stafford sheriff’s office.

Mills turned himself into law enforcement late Thursday and Cox was arrested during a traffic stop in North Stafford. Both men were taken to the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Authorities are still looking for 20-year-old Corey Waters who is also suspected of being involved. He has no fixed address and he is charged with possession of a schedule I or II narcotic and with possession of controlled paraphernalia.

Additionally, Stafford authorities issued a correction to a statement about the case released on Thursday. Jeannine Scenters arrested yesterday lives at 22 Oak Road in Stafford, not 22 Oak Drive.

4 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014

STAFFORD, Va. — Authorities in Stafford County arrested eight people early this morning in connection to a heroin ring.

Stafford sheriff’s Special Investigation Unit served two search warrants at two addresses in Stafford County – one at 42 Lightfoot Drive inside the Augustine subdivision and the other at 22 Oak Road near the Stafford County Government Center and Courthouse.

The searches come after a Stafford County Grand Jury indicted 11 members of the suspected heroin ring on charges of either use or distribution of the drugs. Three suspects still remain on the loose.

Information detailing the arrests did not indicate how much heroin was found during this morning’s searches or who is was being sold to. Sheriff’s department authorities did state the the investigation into the suspected drug ring began in “December of 2013 and was initiated by members of the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit, in large part, to the high number of heroin overdoses that occurred in Stafford County over the last year. Unfortunately, Stafford County had 12 confirmed heroin overdoses that resulted in death in the past 12 months,” according to a sheriff’s department press release.

Here’s a list of people facing charges, and three who are still at large:

Anthony Pakhchanian (the report incorrectly listed his name as being spelled Pakchanian), age 22, of 42 Lightfoot Drive, Stafford (Prior court records and address listings show his address to be 382 Hope Road, Stafford) (1 County of Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics & 1 Count Misdemeanor Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia)

Jeannine Scenters, age 40, of 22 Oak Road, Stafford (2 Counts of Distribution of Heroin)

Cynthia Louise Miller, age 48, of 26 Richland Road, Stafford (1 Count of Possession of Heroin & 1 Count of Possession of Marijuana)

Daniel Ringler, age 21, of 1006 Blackbeard Drive, Stafford (1 Count of Possession of Schedule I or II Narcotic & 1 Count of Possession of Controlled Paraphernalia)

James Beverly, age 32, of no fixed address (1 Count Distribution of Heroin)

Jason Matthew Monroe, age 22, of 225 Courthouse Road, Stafford (1 Count of Possession of Heroin)

Robert James Ruff, age 20, of no fixed address (1 Count of Distribution of Schedule II Narcotic)

Malcom Wayne Moore, age 42, of no fixed address (1 Count of Distribution of Heroin).

Still at large

Cory Waters, age 20, of no fixed address (1 Count of Possession of Schedule I or II Narcotic & 1 Count Possession of Controlled Paraphernalia)

Jimmy Mills Jr., age 34, of 21 Petroleum Drive, Stafford (1 Count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, 1 Count Possession of a Schedule I or II Narcotic & 1 Count of Possession of Marijuana)

James Anthony Cox, age 25, of no fixed address (1 Count of Distribution of an Imitation Controlled Substance)

Pakhchanian was thought to be at the Lightfoot address but was picked up at another undisclosed residence in Stafford. Jeannine Scenters was arrested at the Oak Drive address. The other subjects arrested today are Daniel Ringler, James Beverly, James Monroe and Malcom Moore, according to sheriff’s department spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Robert Ruff and Cynthia Miller were already in jail at the time of this morning’s arrests.

This is not the first time Daniel Ringler has been in trouble with the law as he is already serving a three-year unsupervised probation for drinking a driving, then crashing his vehicle into a tree in Aquia Harbour, and then trapping himself and another male occupant inside, while two other female occupants were ejected from the mangled vehicle in July 2012.

The females suffered serious injuries in the crash but no one was killed.

In March 2013, Ringler was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 150 days suspended, and was also granted “first offender” status which allowed him to serve 50 hours of community service in exchange for the alcohol charged being dropped.

Several agencies were involved in the investigation to include the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Virginia State Police.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mills, Cox, or Waters is encouraged to call Stafford County Crime Solvers at 540-659-2020.


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  • Joe Brito

    Apparently there is a Heroin epidemic in our

    Stafford County had 12 confirmed heroin overdoses that
    resulted in death in the past 12 months.

    The FLS reported last week that Culpeper had 20
    Heroin deaths since January of 2013.

    We still don’t have totals from Spotsy or
    Fredericksburg, But it’s apparent that heroin is the NUMBER 1 KiLLER of our
    young people.

    To think that Speaker Howell refuses to allow Federal Medicaid
    money that could help with this epidemic is unconscionable. Instead Mary
    Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital will have $14 million dollars in
    Federal revenue cut from their budget.

    Stop playing partisan Politics Mr. Howell!! Your constituents
    deserve better!!!

    “Fred Rankin, chief executive of the nonprofit parent of
    Mary Washington Hospital, said rebuffing expansion would cost his institution
    $14 million a year available under the Affordable Care Act. That would threaten
    the hospital’s support for a free clinic and community health centers that serve
    low-income people.”

    The quote is from a Washington Post Article entitled
    “Virginia GOP legislators oppose Medicaid expansion despite benefits to their

    The federal formula for funding hospitals has changed. If a
    state does not meet the criteria to qualify for the medicaid money we will lose
    it. If we do nothing then our hospitals will loss $14 million. Keep in mind
    Stafford Hospital has been losing money since it opened. I was at the the
    opening ceremony at Stafford hospital. I would hate to see it

    • Medicaid is one of, if not the worst, performing government programs. Most doctors will not take these patients. Perhaps Mcauliffe shouldlearn how to compromise instead of holding the state hostage to totally expanding medicaid which will be a financial boondoggle in years to come.

  • Joe Brito

    All of you young people out there need to take Lynyrd Skynyrd’s advice and Don’t
    mess with the needle and the spoon.

  • trollinhomothugs

    This is an Epidemic along the East Coast. I have been to the West and South recently and have talked to people about it and it seems to be slowly spreading South and not nearly to the West yet. I think our wonderful Government is behind this and allowing this garbage to enter the U.S. Its simple math when you think about it. A few years ago it was Pills and with recent law changes on aquiring scripts for Pain Killers has made it too expensive for people to purchace on the streets. Herion is cheaper therefor the supply and demand has taken over. It’s no longer Pills its garbage that is mainly produced in Asia and easily making its way here. It goes with the saying……Keep the people sedated and they cant rise up. This drug is not just being used by young adults. It’s being consumed by all walks of ages and professionals. Think of the Actors who have died and the others that arent famous enough to hit media. This is all by design.

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