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Eight arrested in spice, bath salt raids in Gloucester County

Gloucester County, Va. – Eight people were arrested Thursday in several raids targeting the sale of synthetic narcotics such as spice and bath salts in Gloucester County.

Nearly 75 officers from various agencies participated in search warrants served at Lutie’s Lair and High Tyde Trading and Tobacco on George Washington Memorial Highway in Hayes, and a residence located in the 6700 block of Honeycutt Lane just north of Gloucester Courthouse.

The raids were conducted by members of the Gloucester Sheriff’s Office’s Special Operations Unit, members of the Tri-Rivers Drug Task Force, as well as Gloucester Patrol Deputies and Troopers from the Virginia State Police according to Gloucester Sheriff Darrell Warren.

The following people were arrested and charged under federal indictments:

  • 61-year-old Lutgarda “Lutie” Mueller 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
  • 39-year-old Brian Street 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
  • 37-year-old James “Randy” Belvin was charged with: Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Analogues of a Controlled Substance and Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia
  • 24-year-old Thomas “Cory” Rainer was charged with: Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Analogues of a Controlled Substance and Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia
  • 20-year-old Martice “Marty” Wise III was charged with: Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Analogues of a Controlled Substance and Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia
  • 23-year-old Ashley Summerfield was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Analogues of a Controlled Substance and Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia
  • 19-year-old Joshua Burleson was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Analogues of a Controlled Substances and Distribution of Drug Paraphenalia
  • Karla Street was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Analogues of a Controlled Substances and Distribution of Drug Paraphenalia

Federal court records say Karla and Brian Street are the owners of High Tyde and that they have been storing and selling spice and bath salts since March 26, 2012.

Records also say Belvin, Burleson, Rainer and Wise were helping them with that business.

Lutgarda Mueller is the owner of Lutie’s Lair. Documents say she’s been involved in the drug trade since 2010.

Records say Summerfield has been working with Mueller since April 2012 to sell spice and bath salts out of the business.

Documents also say they found more than $230,000 spread over Mueller’s seven different bank accounts.


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Feds seize bath salts, molly and crack from Bonsai Pipe and Tobacco stores
Navy launches disturbing video showing the dangers of bath salts
Navy releases two animated videos on dangers of spice, bath salts

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