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Virginia man snagged in major meth snare

STUART, Va. — Authorities in Patrick County, assisted by the Surry Sheriff’s Office, have made a major drug bust involving methamphetamine.

It culminated with the arrest of Jason Foley Iroler, 45, of 295 Pedigo Ridge Road, on multiple counts of distribution of meth, Patrick Sheriff Dan Smith announced Friday.

“Our evidence suggests that Iroler was one of the major suppliers of methamphetamine in the Ararat and Claudville areas of our county,” Smith stated.

The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team executed a search warrant Thursday at Iroler’s residence, where methamphetamine was seized during the operation and the Claudville man was taken into custody.

In addition to being implicated as a result of the search, Iroler had been indicted Monday by a Patrick County grand jury on felony charges resulting from an investigation occurring over the past several months which led officers to his residence.

The indictments included five counts of distribution of methamphetamine, five counts of distribution of methamphetamine in excess of 28 grams and one misdemeanor count of operating a common nuisance drug dwelling.

Smith indicated Friday afternoon that the Surry Sheriff’s Office had assisted in a manner reflecting the fact that drug activity often crosses state lines and touches multiple jurisdictions.

“Our two agencies openly share information with each other,” the Patrick sheriff added. “The Surry County Sheriff’s Office is, and has been, a worthy ally in the fight against the methamphetamine epidemic.”

Although major meth busts seem to be an every-week occurrence in this area, the average citizen might wonder if such intervention is making a difference.

“As far as making a dent in the problem, I would say we are doing the best we can with limited resources to fight the tide,” Smith observed.

“The open border situation that we currently have in this country is certainly going to make the methamphetamine epidemic worse since Mexican drug cartels control the methamphetamine trade.”

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