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Stafford, VA 22555

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Stafford, VA 22554


Stafford Alert

Sheriff’s Office Concludes “Operation We’ll Turn the Lights On”
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By Public Information Officer Sarah Maroney
April 15, 2021

“Operation We’ll Turn the Lights On”, an enforcement and interdiction operation targeting criminal activity surrounding the motels along Warrenton Road in south Stafford, has resulted in numerous arrests.

The area between the 300 and 600 block of Warrenton Road, which includes several motels, has been identified as a high-crime area. Wanted persons and individuals involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activity are known to frequent the area and its establishments.

To combat crime in this area, “Operation We’ll Turn the Lights On” was initiated. The operation utilized personnel and resources from the Criminal Investigations Division, Field Operations Division, Administrative Services Division and Special Operations Division. Uniformed deputies worked in conjunction with plain-clothed detectives in unmarked vehicles to conduct surveillance and investigate suspected criminal activity.

During the 5-day operation, deputies conducted 30 traffic stops and made numerous arrests resulting in a total of 28 criminal charges, 17 of which were drug related. In addition, deputies served 11 outstanding warrants for various charges including drug offenses, sex offenses, and parole violations. Three firearms were recovered during the operation as well.

We would like to commend the deputies and detectives involved for their teamwork which made “Operation We’ll Turn the Lights On” a success. The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to conducting proactive enforcement and directing crime prevention efforts to this area. We will continue to work with businesses and residents to keep Stafford safe for our residents and visitors.

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