Authorities Announce Success in Major Drug Investigation

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

After a 7 year investigation, 90 criminals from all across the country have now been convicted in Federal and state court. It all started with a man named Donald Long, a former truck driver and Rockingham County resident. Authorities say Long is single handedly responsible for introducing Methamphetamine to the Shenandoah Valley. "He worked for a local trucking company as a truck driver and a dispatcher," says Special Agent Tom Murphy. "Through his connections and his employer, he was able to bring the product to this area." Long lived in Fishersville but had connections on the West Coast, mainly with the Motorcycle gang Hell's Angels. After developing a strong customer base in Rockingham and Augusta Counties, along with Staunton, Waynesboro and Harrisonburg, Long moved to Las Vegas. He continued to feed the product to his customers in the Shenandoah valley area by sending packages of Methamphetamine,also sometimes coming back on airplanes and transporting the drug. One of Long's customers was Janet Thompson, who's responsible for distributing 300 pounds of meth and 20 pounds of cocaine and several hundred pounds of marijuana in Waynesboro. Thompson was making $3,500 to$5,000 dollars profit per pound of meth. This entire organization if responsible for putting 800 pounds of meth in the Shenandoah valley. Authorities worked with police up and down the east-coast and California to track down the ring members.

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