Melissa Ann Washington

Melissa Ann Washington, 43, of Culpeper has been charged with two counts of felony distribution of a controlled substance, after a man overdosed on heroin at a Culpeper motel.

A 43-year-old Culpeper woman has been charged with distributing heroin after an investigation by Culpeper town police.

Police charged Melissa Ann Washington on Feb. 11 with one count of felony distribution of a controlled substance (Schedule I/II) after officers answered a Feb. 10 call about a possible overdose victim at the Red Roof Inn in town. Washington was released from Culpeper County Regional Jail on a secure bond, police said in a statement late Friday.

Police obtained an additional charge, and on Thursday, Feb. 20, arrested Washington on one count of felony possession of a controlled substance (Schedule I/II). She is being held without bond at the Culpeper County Regional Jail.

The case began at about 10:20 p.m. Feb. 10 when the Culpeper County E-911 Center got a call about a person who appeared to have overdosed in a hallway of the motel at 889 Willis Lane, police said.

Officers went to the Red Roof Inn and found a man suffering from an apparent overdose, police said.

The officers gave him life-saving aid, administering Narcan. When he revived, medics took him to Culpeper Medical Center.

Street-crimes officers went to the hospital to speak with the victim. On the morning of Feb. 11, their investigation led police to execute a search warrant on a room in the same motel. They found heroin and evidence of its sale and distribution in the room, police said.

The investigation confirmed that the heroin the victim had bought from that room at the Red Roof Inn caused his overdose, police said.

“Our community has long struggled with the opioid epidemic,” Culpeper Police Chief Chris Jenkins said. “It’s unfortunate that all of our officers have to carry Narcan with them for situations just like this one. I applaud the officers for their quick and effective actions, which saved this person’s life.

“Too many lives have been lost or irrevocably damaged by drugs like heroin,” Jenkins added. “Too many families have been negatively impacted. The Culpeper Police Department does not tolerate the sale or distribution of drugs like heroin within Culpeper.”

The investigation of the case is “active and ongoing,” police said.

Anyone with more information is asked to call Street Crimes Officer Satterfield at 540-727-3430, extension 5531.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can submit tips by calling Culpeper Crime Solvers at 540-727-0300.

Tips may also be submitted by email to tips@culpeperva.gov.

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