Norfolk State student accused of selling heroin in Richmond

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HENRICO — A Norfolk State University student is accused of selling large amounts of heroin in the greater Richmond area, according to court documents.

Quashawn Bethea, 25, was charged with selling heroin in Henrico County on Dec. 1 after police say they witnessed him deal drugs to a person in Richmond, according to a search warrant filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

The arrest came about two months after police began investigating Bethea’s “heroin trafficking activities,” including surveillance of his Virginia Beach apartment, located in the 500 block of Davis Street, court documents state.

The investigation included three controlled heroin purchases by police in October and November. Each buy happened in Richmond and included the purchase of a large amount of heroin from Bethea, who was captured on video and audio recording during the process.

On Dec. 1, police arranged another controlled buy with Bethea in Richmond. An officer watched him leave his apartment and followed his car to the arranged meeting place, which was chosen by Bethea.

At the location, police watched Bethea sell drugs to a person who wasn’t involved in the investigation. Police arrested Bethea and found heroin inside his car, according to court documents.

During a December search of Bethea’s home, police found heroin, wax paper envelopes, a scale, packaging material, marijuana and marijuana candy.

School officials confirmed that Bethea is currently a student at NSU.

Bethea’s case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 6 in Henrico County General District Court.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@southsidedaily.com.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.