Meth, heroin uncovered after pursuit

Published 8:32 am Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A Richmond man is facing 18 new charges after police recovered more than six ounces of methamphetamine after a pursuit Friday evening.

Robert A. Stafford, 37, allegedly led Winchester officers on a pursuit down Lexington Avenue and through downtown before ditching his vehicle and running on foot.

According to court documents, Winchester Police Patrolman Terry Cockrell said he spotted Stafford driving near Oxford Drive and Surrey Court around 6:18 p.m. Friday. Cockrell said he knew Stafford had an outstanding felony warrant from Madison County and attempted to stop the vehicle.

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When Cockrell turned on his cruiser’s lights, Stafford’s car accelerated and continued down Lexington Avenue and through downtown at a high rate of speed.

Stafford stopped near Patio Street and Rowland Avenue and started running, shedding a backpack at one point. Stafford was eventually captured and arrested near Memorial Park Apartments.

Officers recovered the backpack, which contained several pipes used to smoke methamphetamine, as well as a 9mm handgun a witness said he threw from the car on Oxford Drive. The gun was reported stolen in Georgetown.

When officers searched the vehicle, they found 6.2 ounces of meth, one gram of suspected heroin, 20 suboxone strips, scales and several plastic bags. Officers also found $2,557 in cash in Stafford’s wallet.

Stafford was charged in Clark County for first-degree fleeing or evading police (two counts), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (two counts), second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence (two counts), convicted felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property (firearm), reckless driving, no operator’s license, disregarding a stop sign (four counts) and disregarding a traffic control device (two counts).

Stafford is being held in the Clark County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash bond.

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