Drug trial starts Wednesday

Published 3:09 pm Friday, September 2, 2016

A 56-year-old woman goes on trial Wednesday, facing multiple counts of distributing heroin and cocaine.

The Farmville Police Department (FPD) arrested Mable Deloris Patterson at the Town Motel on West Third Street on May 8. According to a press release at the time, Patterson’s arrest — along with that of 41-year-old Shelby L. Wallace — resulted from an in-depth investigation into suspected heroin distribution. Police and members of the Piedmont Regional Narcotics and Gang Enforcement Task Force seized approximately 21 grams of suspected heroin and 4.9 grams of suspected cocaine, along with marijuana, prescription pills and a firearm.

Mable Deloris Patterson

Mable Deloris Patterson

According to the press release, separate search warrants were executed against Patterson and Wallace. In a telephone interview Thursday, Prince Edward County Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan L. Clark said the women’s cases are separate from each other.

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“Patterson was charged with six counts of distribution of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, including four counts involving heroin and two of cocaine,” Clark said. “She was also charged with two counts of possession of Schedule I or II controlled substances, which were oxycodone and hydrocodone, and one charge of possession of Schedule I or II controlled substances while possessing a firearm.”

Patterson’s trial is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Prince Edward County Circuit Court.

Clark said Wallace was charged with four counts of heroin distribution and one count of distribution of a Schedule IV controlled substance. She said Wallace’s trial is set for Oct. 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Both Patterson and Wallace posted bond in early June.