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Taser Used in Arrest of Suspected Heroin Dealer

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Another arrest in the Stafford sheriff’s new war on heroin was made early Saturday but not before the suspect was hit with a taser weapon.

Investigators conducting surveillance of a home in Stafford County suspected of being a hot bed of narcotics sales saw a man leave the house at 2147 Sebastian Road just of Va. 218 in south Stafford in the late evening hours of Friday, March 28. The man got into his car and deputies stopped him on U.S. 17 in Stafford County.

Arthur Watts, 49, of 8 Harborton Lane in Stafford, and is charged with possession of a schedule 2, said Stafford sheriffs spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Detectives then obtained a search warrant for the house on Sebastian Road and went back to the home in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 29. The home owner wasn’t at the house when sheriff’s department authorities showed up with the warrant, but he did return home while deputies were there, said Kennedy.

Spotting law enforcement, the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle and deputies pursued him. The suspect eventually crashed the car on Va. 218, got out, and then dared officers to shoot him, said Kennedy.

A taser weapon was used on the suspect and he was taken into custody. Authorities took the suspect to a local hospital where it was determined the suspect suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

Gonsala Ceja, 36, of 2147 Sebastian Road, faces numerous charges including possession with the intent to distribute heroin, oxycodone, suboxone, marijuana, as well as several traffic misdemeanors, said Kennedy.

He was held at Rappahnnock Regional Jail with no bond.

This latest arrest comes after 11 people were charged in connection to a suspected heroin ring in Stafford County.

“This will be an ongoing investigation and other charges are possible for other individuals.” said Kennedy.

This case does not appear to be related to the suspected heroin ring. 

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