Seven arrested in spice, bath salts investigation

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – A heavy law enforcement presence was spotted in Gloucester County Thursday as three federal search warrants were executed simultaneously.

The searches were conducted at Lutie’s Lair Martial Arts Equipment and High Tyde Trading and Tobacco on George Washington Memorial Highway in the Hayes area and at a residence in the 6700 block of Honeycutt Lane.  Seven people were taken into custody due to their involvement with the alleged sale of synthetic narcotics, such as spice and bath salts, according to Sheriff Darrell Warren with the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office.

Nearly 75 officers from various law enforcement agencies participated in the searches and following arrests:

  • Lutgarda “Lutie” Mueller, 61, of the 6700 block of Honeycutt Lane was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute analogues of a controlled substance, distribution of drug paraphernalia, maintain a drug involved premises, and conspiracy to launder money.
  • Brian Street, 39, of the 3400 block of Cappahosic Road was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute analogues of a controlled substance, distribution of drug paraphernalia, and maintain a drug involved premises.
  • James “Randy” Belvin, 37, of the 2600 block of Woodford Avenue was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute analogues of a controlled substance and distribution of drug paraphernalia.
  • Thomas “Cory” Rainer, 24, of the 6400 block of Glenside Court was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute analogues of a controlled substance and distribution of drug paraphernalia.
  • Martice “Marty” Wise III, 20, of the 6100 block of Virginia Drive was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute analogues of a controlled substance and distribution of drug paraphernalia.
  • Ashley Summerfield, 23, of the 6000 block of Coke Lane was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute analogues of a controlled substance and distribution of drug paraphernalia.
  • Joshua Burleson, 19, of the 7400 block of Camp Okee Drive was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute analogues of a controlled substance and distribution of drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents, Lutgarda Mueller pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia in 1998. She spent a month in prison, paid a $1,000 fine and was on probation for three years after her release from jail.

More drug charges against Mueller were nolle prosequi in 1995, meaning the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office decided not to prosecute due to insufficient evidence.

Warren said Thursday’s “law enforcement activities and arrests conclude a lengthy investigation conducted by the Tri-Rivers Drug Task Force, which is comprised of Narcotics Investigators from the Sheriff’s Offices of Gloucester, York-Poquoson, Mathews, and Middlesex, the Police Departments of James City County and Poquoson, and the Virginia State Police.”

On Friday, Warren told WAVY.com there is an eighth suspect in the investigation who has not been arrested, yet.

WAVY.com had a crew on scene for most of the day Thursday. About a dozen people told WAVY News’ Liz Palka they weren’t surprised by the bust at Lutie’s Lair and High Tyde. One woman referred to Lutie’s as “spice city,” and said, “it was about time [everyone responsible was arrested].”

Another man said he heard Lutie’s sold spice and bath salts, and said they changed the names of the drugs.

Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.

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