dragon-slayer-01A joint operation involving jurisdictions from Prince William, Fairfax, Stafford, Manassas and Manassas Park led to the arrests of 68 individuals along with the seizure of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, prescription medications, ecstasy, handguns, shotguns, rifles, various drug paraphernalia, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.

Detectives dubbed the joint operation “Operation Dragon Sting.” Dragon is a slag term used to describe heroin — a powerful opioid analgesic that’s currently classified as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, making it use, sale, and distribution illegal under federal law. This joint operation aims to target street-level drug dealers by carrying out search warrants issued by the respective municipalities and judges.

Operation Dragon Sting is technically the second phase of the Operation Blue Dragon, which netted law enforcement agencies some 40 arrests last November. The first leg of the operation, Operation Blue Dragon, focused more on heavy dealers and less on street-level dealers.

The 68 individuals arrested in Operation Dragon Sting were offered education about the dangers of drug use and distribution, along with guidance on how to overcome addiction. It’s unclear how many of the 68 arrested individuals took part in the educational program.

According to police reports, search warrants were carried in the 9200 block of Douglas Street in Manassas, 14800 block of Emberdale Drive in Dale City, 1300 block of Bayside Avenue in Woodbridge, 7500 block of Gales Court in Manassas, 4600 block of Central Park Drive in Dale City, 15300 block of Inlet Place in Dumfries, 900 block of Wingfield Road in Woodbridge, 13700 block of Joyce Road in Woodbridge, 2900 block of Fox Lair Drive in Woodbridge, 4100 block of Hoffman Drive in Dale City, 2900 block of Buell Court in Dumfries, 16900 block of Jed Forrest Lane in Woodbridge, Maryanne Avenue in Stafford, 2000 block of Youngs Drive in Haymarket, 9200 block of Taney Road in Manassas, 3900 block of Laurel Street in Dumfries, 18500 block of Triangle Street in Triangle, and the 3100 block of Oakmont Avenue in Triangle.

Following the 68 arrests made in conjunction with Operation Dragon Sting, police want to remind the public to lock up any and all prescription medications. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 100 people die in the U.S. from prescription overdose each day (source) — a rate that’s tripled since the early 1990s. You can contact the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back Initiative at  1-800-882-9539 to schedule a free pickup of any unused or unwanted prescription medication.

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