A recent drug bust by Virginia State Police in Frederick County allegedly has ties to a religious sect that operates partly in the Shenandoah Valley.
Last week, a raid was conducted on a house in Winchester after a two-month investigation, which included the use of undercover agents. Three people were arrested and now face drug-related charges, such as racketeering and distribution of LSD and cocaine. The individuals are:
- Aljamain Cole Jr
- Antonio Guice
- Kelley Trip
The drug bust came about after an investigation into a religious sect known as The Order of the Ascended Sacraments, which is rumored to encourage heavy drug use among its members and during its ceremonies. A statement put out after the raid in Winchester claims that police followed a trail of high ranking members of the Order, which eventually lead the investigators to find out where they get their drugs.
It is unclear if any members of the Order have been arrested or detained in conjunction with the drug raid.