Thursday, October 5th, 2017
A shoplifting arrest leads to the seizure of cocaine, methamphetamine and over $50,000 in U.S. Currency.
On September 28, 2017 deputies were called to the Bristol, Virginia Wal-Mart to investigate a shoplifting incident involving male and female suspects. During the initial investigation, the male suspect provided law enforcement with what turned out to be a fake Arizona Identification card and would not reveal the location of his vehicle in the parking lot. Through further investigation, his true identification was revealed, showing that he was wanted out of Smyth County for forgery, and his vehicle was also subsequently located in the parking lot, a black Mercedes S550.
A K-9 search of the vehicle revealed a large amount of cocaine in a plastic bag and a large amount of crystal methamphetamine. Upon a further search of the vehicle, over $50,000 in U.S. Currency was located and also seized by law enforcement.
Brian J. Swontek, age 49, of 6340 W Corrine Drive Glendale, Arizona, has been arrested and charged with two counts of possession of Schedule I or II drug with intent to distribute, one count of transporting more than one ounce of cocaine into the Commonwealth, one count of transporting more than twenty-eight grams of methamphetamine into the Commonwealth, one count of felony shoplifting, one count of identity theft (using a fictitious ID to avoid arrest), and one count of giving a false IDd to a law enforcement officer. The outstanding warrant from Smyth County was also served.
Erin K. Swontek (wife), age 40, also of Glendale Arizona (same address) was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of schedule I or II drug with intent to distribute, one count of transporting more than one ounce of cocaine into the Commonwealth, one count of transporting more than twenty eight-grams of methamphetamine into the Commonwealth, and one count of felony shoplifting.
Both subjects are currently being held without bond in the Abingdon Facility of the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail.
A subsequent investigation has led law enforcement authorities with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the DEA, the Abingdon Police Department and the Bristol VA Police Department to execute two search warrants at two separate locations, one at 442 Old Airport Road, Bristol, VA, and the other at storage units in the Bristol area of Washington County. As a result of these searches, law enforcement personnel seized approximately two pounds of methamphetamine and arrested two individuals.
Christopher Carroll Ingram, age 45, of 442 Old Airport Road, Bristol, VA, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute Schedule I or II narcotics, transport Schedule I or II narcotics. He is currently being held in the Bristol VA Jail where he is being held without bond.
Michael Joseph Hauser, age 42, of 10847 West Olive Avenue, Apt 2022, Peoriat, AR, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute Schedule I or II narcotics, transport Schedule I or II narcotics. He is currently being held in the Bristol VA Jail where he is being held without bond.
“This is great example of law enforcement going the extra mile in looking into what initially appeared to be a simple case of shoplifting, but through thorough investigation, led to a significant drug bust and seizure of drug related funds,” stated Sheriff Fred Newman.
* An arrest warrant is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.