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Woodbridge teen’s murder sparks large-scale drug operation

© Leesburg Today - 05/29/2015

Police have arrested 19 people and issued warrants against seven more in a four-month undercover drug operation prompted by the November murder of 16-year-old Brenden Wilson on a path by Woodbridge Senior High School.

Operation Growing Pains, a joint undercover investigation involving Prince William and Manassas police, began in February and resulted in four search warrants, 26 arrest warrants, 19 arrested and the seizure of a handgun, cash, marijuana, Xanax mediation and a concentrated form of marijuana known as ""wax,"" said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Of those arrested or wanted on warrants, six are students at Patriot, Gar-Field and Osbourn high schools, he said.

  • Click here for a list of suspect names and charges

The Nov. 10 shooting death of Brenden Wilson on a well-traveled path beside Woodbridge Senior High School was a catalyst for Operation Growing Pains, which focused on teens and young drug users in the community.

""We weren't focusing on a specific drug, but rather the younger demographic using those drugs,"" Perok said.

Wilson was shot several times after being lured to the path, known as ""The Cut,"" under the ruse of a marijuana deal, according to police and court records. Instead, he was robbed and murdered.

""People seem to think marijuana isn't a serious drug,"" Perok said. ""But it is illegal, it is a gateway drug, and kids involved in it have been killed.""

As with any illegal drug, there is violence associated with the marijuana trade, Perok said. In fact, one of the undercover officers making buys during the operation was robbed.

During the course of Operation Growing Pains, undercover detectives conducted dealings involving cocaine, LSD, psilocybin (mushrooms), pharmaceutical pills, marijuana and ""wax,"" a cooked-down, highly-concentrated form of marijuana, Perok said.

None of the undercover deals took place on school property, but Perok said six of people charged in the operation are local high school students. Those arrested range in age from 16 to 34.

Search warrants were served on four homes: In the 8600 block of Ellesmere Way in Bristow; the 15100 block of Bannon Way in Dale City; the 9000 block of McClellan Common in Manassas city and the home of a juvenile in Gainesville.

Police issued a total of 26 arrest warrants and have so far arrested 19. Most were taken into custody on Thursday, Perok said. All are charged with distribution of narcotics, distribution of marijuana or conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

Seven people remain wanted. They are:

  • Isaiah Augustus Boiling, 19, of Manassas, distribution of a schedule I or II narcotic
  • Victor Anthony Ceglie, 19, of Manassas, distribution of marijuana
  • Zachary Grey, 19, of Manassas, distribution of marijuana
  • Stanley Anthony Robertson, 34, of Woodbridge, distribution of a schedule I or II narcotic
  • Michael Logan Pack, 18, Gainesville, distribution of a schedule I or II narcotic
  • Luke William Stowe, 20, of Woodbridge, felony distribution of marijuana
  • A 16-year-old Gainesville girl, conspiracy to distribute a schedule IV narcotic

Perok said police started the operation to focus on the availability of illegal drugs to teens, and found the problem to be large-scale.

""It's not just local, this is a national problem,"" he said.

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