Indictments are granted in drug case


Indictments were handed up last week against four inmates at the Alexandria Detention Center for various drug-related offenses. An investigation by the Alexandria Police Department uncovered an alleged conspiracy to smuggle heroin into the Alexandria Detention Center on several occasions from March through June.

According to the Alexandria Sheriffs Office, on July 18 a special grand jury in Alexandria indicted Heidee Farrish, 22, of Centreville, on multiple drug offenses, including conspiracy to distribute heroin, sale of heroin and conspiracy to deliver drugs to an inmate.

Farrish was arrested on July 19 and is being detained in the Alexandria Detention Center.  Camilo Gomez, Mark Esposito and Jesse Boner, all former or current inmates of the Alexandria Detention Center, were also indicted for conspiring to receive drugs while housed at the detention center. The charges against all four people carry penalties that range from 5 to 40 years in prison.  

The indictments allege that on several occasions from March through June of this year, Farrish conspired with Gomez, Esposito and Boner to have heroin delivered to the inmates at the Alexandria Detention Center through the U.S. mail. The Sheriffs Office was alerted to the conspiracy in early June by a member of the Alexandria Police Departments Vice and Narcotics Unit.  

Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne expressed his pleasure at the detection of the alleged conspiracy and resulting indictments.

The introduction of contraband into a jail facility is a breach of security and requires a serious and targeted response. I am pleased that the coordinated efforts of the Sheriffs Office, the Police Department and Commonwealths Attorney have resulted in these multiple indictments, Lawhorne said.

Lawhorne has ordered a review of security measures at the detention center by an outside agency. 

Staff Reports