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“Pringles Problem” Adds to Charges
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By Major Shawn Kimmitz
February 10, 2022

Yesterday the Special Problems Unit and Special Investigations Unit teamed up to arrest a wanted subject during a traffic stop in front of the Stafford County Courthouse. Much like the Super Friends heroes, the Wonder Twins, the two units activated into the form of an arrest team.

On February 9th at 2:51 p.m. the two units were conducting surveillance at the Best Western in Aquia Town Center for Brandon Gray, 26. He was wanted in Stafford County for attempted malicious wounding and conspiracy. First Sergeant D.F. Purcell, Jr. observed Gray leave the hotel and proceed southbound on U.S. 1. With an arrest team in place, a traffic stop was conducted in front of the courthouse.

Brandon Gray was removed from the vehicle and immediately arrested. Deputy F.A. Martinez responded to the scene with K-9 Mija and the dog alerted on the vehicle. A modified Pringles can, which had been hot glued, was located and contained a smorgasbord of suspected controlled substances. Like the Pringles’ jingle “you can’t eat just one,” deputies couldn’t just arrest one at the scene.

Deputies identified Brandon’s mother, Michelle Gray, 54, as a passenger in the car. Based on the evidence it became, like the Paul Simon song, a “Mother and Child Reunion” at the jail as she was also arrested. Michelle Gray was charged with three counts of possession with intent to distribute and held on a $2,000 bond. Brandon Gray was held without bond on the original warrants and received a $3,000 bond on the additional three counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

The arrests didn’t stop there though. Another passenger was identified as Mitchell Smith, 28. Evidence recovered resulted in Smith being charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled paraphernalia. He was held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Great work by the deputies to get these dangerous drugs off the street.


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