Two Virginia Tech students were arrested Monday on multiple charges of narcotics distribution, as a result of a six-month investigation.
According to a statement from the Blacksburg Police Department, 23-year-old Raul Rivas and 22-year-old Jessica Stangle were arrested for two counts each of possession with intent to distribute narcotics.
According to the search warrant and affidavit for Rivas, a confidential informant for Blacksburg police made a controlled purchase from Rivas within 72 hours prior to the arrest, at his apartment in the McDonald Street Apartments.
The affidavit explained "prior to any purchase the informant is directed to meet with members of Blacksburg PD who will search the informant and any vehicle used by the informant for any money or illegal substances. A recording device is then placed on the informant and run continuously during the purchase. Following the buy, all illegal substances purchased are turned over to Lt. A.S Wilson and the informant and any vehicle used is again searched for any illegal substances."
The Blacksburg Police and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office began an investigation of Rivas in October 2008 after multiple tips that Riva was engaging in suspicious behavior associated with illegal narcotic distribution.
The tips included reports of drug transactions by Rivas in his prior residence's parking lot and "a large volume of vehicle/pedestrian traffic in and out of the apartment with visits lasting 5-10 minutes," according to the affidavit.
The police seized several thousand dollars in cash - $1,390 plus a box containing $4,372. Additionally, the police seized more than six pounds of marijuana, a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta, an iPhone as well as other narcotics and drug paraphernalia.
Stangle, an HNFE major, and Rivas, an engineering major, are being held in the Montgomery County Jail, each on a $7,500 bond. No court date has been set.