A 45-year-old Waynesboro man is facing at least 20 years in prison following a multijurisdictional investigation in which police say they seized more than 2 pounds of methamphetamine.
Shane Eldridge Hammer is charged with conspiracy to transport narcotics and conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of methamphetamine, according to a Wednesday statement from the Waynesboro Police Department.
The charges carry sentences that range from 20 years to life in prison, with a 20-year minimum mandatory sentence associated with the latter charge, according to police.
“The arrest was part of an ongoing investigation that has spanned several months and is related to some of the recent large-scale arrests that have been made in Waynesboro,” said Capt. Mike Martin, WPD Special Operations Division commander. “More arrests are expected in this case.”
During the investigation, police seized more than 2½ pounds of meth with an estimated street value of more than $110,000.
Martin said the amount of meth seized, while not as big as some recent busts, still speaks to the capacity for rings to move large amounts of drugs in the Valley.
“This is a significant amount for this area,” he said.
The arrest came as a result of an investigation conducted by the Waynesboro Police Department Special Operations Division, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, the Waynesboro Sheriff’s Office and the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force, which is comprised of the Virginia State Police and the Albemarle County Police Department.
Hammer is being held without bond at the Middle River Jail in Verona.