Police arrest 3 in connection with suspected deadly heroin

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Chesapeake Police and Virginia State Police think heroin may be to blame for a number of overdoses, some of them deadly. Court documents show their investigation led them to three suspects arrested this month.

Investigators looked at the cell phones of the people who may have overdosed last month and talked to people who knew them, and one of the suspects told them where to find the suspected drugs, a search warrant said.

Earlier this month, police arrested Shanta Shepard, Marcus Shepard, and Meshach Gilbert. Police said they conspired to distribute the substance, which they think caused at least one of the overdoses they are investigating.

Court documents show one of the suspects told police the substance likely came from a home on Allard Road in Portsmouth.

Inside trash bags pulled from the curb at that home, police found a white powder and plastic bags, one with residue that tested positive as heroin, according to the court documents.

Shanta Shepard is charged with possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

Marcus Shepard is charged with distribution of a Schedule I/II controlled substance, distribution of a Schedule I/II controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, and conspiracy to distribute a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

Meshach Gilbert is charged with conspiracy to distribute a Schedule I/II controlled substance.

Police said more charges are expected. Shanta Shepard and Meshach Gilbert declined to talk to WAVY News. A lawyer for Marcus Shepard said she and her client had no comment. All three suspects are due in court in March.

Police said the Medical Examiner is working to determine the cause of the deaths they are investigating and all suspected drugs are with the Virginia State Laboratory for testing.

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