Three arrested on drug charges

May 23, 2012 Full story: Westmoreland News 15

George Brian Oliff, owner of Angelos' Pizza in Montross, was arrested on May 22 after a multi-jurisdictional grand jury indicted him on multiple drug charges.

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cluster f

United States

#1 May 24, 2012
Will our esteemed Delegate give the money back or donate to an ant-drug program? Hmmm...
http://www.vpap.org/donors/profile/index/1942...
Randy Sparks

New York, NY

#2 May 24, 2012
Good bye Angelos
unknown

Urbanna, VA

#3 May 25, 2012
I know this man in well known. I don't think he should be let off the hook for a crime committed. If he didn't commit the crime then he wouldn't have been indited. As far as Angelo's i do not care for that place as i got food poison while pregnant and caused me to go into preterm labor and loose my daughter. So that place can fall for all i care. So glad we have a Sheriff that cares about this county GET RID OF THESE NO GOOD DRUG DEALERS!!!! KARMA SUCKS!
Randy Sparks

New York, NY

#4 May 26, 2012
Unknown, you sound like a real class act! If I owned a restaurant you would not be welcomed
unknown

Gloucester, VA

#5 May 26, 2012
Randy if you were a female and was pregnant and lost your child due to eating a pizza from a restaurant how would you feel about the situation. I do not care what u think of me. Honestly if your food made me sick then i wouldn't care if you welcomed me at your restaurant or not. I have not eaten at that place in over 7 years and i do not care to touch a piece of food that is prepared there. All im getting at is if you do the crime you should pay the time. So sick of people getting off the hook. Have you had a family or friend close to you on drugs? do you know what it does to their lives? get rid of them. So sick of people throwing their lives away and their children's lives due to drugs.
Nancy Morrison

Virginia Beach, VA

#6 May 30, 2012
I have been enjoying Angelo's food and service for over 15 years and I am looking forward to my next meal there. The man that has made Angelo's a great place to eat is Brian Oliff. Brian has been and is a hard working, generous member of the Montross community who donates his time and resources to the schools, the children's sports teams, and the local government agencies. Do not rush to judgment. Brian Oliff is not and has never been a drug dealer.
Larry Crawford

New York, NY

#7 May 30, 2012
Nancy, I agree with you. I too, have enjoyed many good meals and good times at Angelo's.
In the 12 plus years that I have had lived in The Northern Neck, I have never experienced a bad time there. Food is good, staff and service good.
Even Val Kilmer likes it.
Let us not rush to judgement, innocent until proven guilty.
Boris

Fredericksburg, VA

#8 May 30, 2012
Brian Oliff is not a drug dealer. Period. I can't figure out the charge. the sherrif said that whatever the substance that is alleged to be connected to Brian oliff did not test "positive" for any drugs. Maybe trying to catch up a "name" in the BIG drug bust.

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Nancy Morrison wrote:
I have been enjoying Angelo's food and service for over 15 years and I am looking forward to my next meal there. The man that has made Angelo's a great place to eat is Brian Oliff. Brian has been and is a hard working, generous member of the Montross community who donates his time and resources to the schools, the children's sports teams, and the local government agencies. Do not rush to judgment. Brian Oliff is not and has never been a drug dealer.
Boris

Fredericksburg, VA

#9 May 30, 2012
Don't be too sure. Brian Oliff is not a drug dealer, and he will get support, financial and otherwise, to keep his place open while he fights this rather weird charge.
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Randy Sparks wrote:
Good bye Angelos
confused

Mechanicsville, MD

#10 May 30, 2012
So i'm a little confused myself. First, i'm confused in the charge of selling imitation drugs. Then i'm confused that some folks don't find something wrong with the whole thing. If in fact he was selling anything, real or fake, it's still intent to distribute. That in itself is immoral, unethical, ridiculous, and whatever else you want to add. So what if he supported county efforts. There are plenty of drug dealers with ties to govt officials/activities and that doesn't make their crimes any less of an impact on society or make it legal. Plenty of decent people have gone to jail for being stupid, and this just might be one of those cases. But hey, i'm sure some other felons cook good food. Why not release them from prison also.
northern neck native

United States

#11 May 31, 2012
If any of you would do your homework you would know that the controlled imitation substance that Brian Oliff has been indicted by a Grand Jury for is targeted to youth and for profit. The substance has just enough to give a kid a high and keep him/her coming back and buying more. This is pure greed which is also one of the 7 deadly sins. I have kids I'm raising in Westmoreland County and I'm disgusted with "The Brian Oliffs" of the world. It makes me sick to think of someone like him being part of the problem and not the solution just because he's greedy.
unknown

Urbanna, VA

#12 Jun 4, 2012
So all you say brian is not a drug dealer? how do you really know? people hide so many things that its not funny. You don't know him know him all you know is the person he wants you to see. People hide things all the time and you would never know who they really are. I don't care how much he supports this county its probably with drug money! What about lynn Brownly everyone was so quick to judge him. All he did was use not sell. Heck his career went down the drain, but Brians name comes up and everyone assumes hes innocent! I honestly hope that hes brought down. There is no reason he should be let off the hook. You do the crime do the time!! Thank You Westmoreland County Sherrif For Cleaning This County Up & Getting Rid Of These Fat Cat Drug Dealers!! You Will Forever Have My Vote Co!!!
just my 2 cents

Canonsburg, PA

#13 Jun 4, 2012
unknown wrote:
So all you say brian is not a drug dealer? how do you really know? people hide so many things that its not funny. You don't know him know him all you know is the person he wants you to see. People hide things all the time and you would never know who they really are. I don't care how much he supports this county its probably with drug money! What about lynn Brownly everyone was so quick to judge him. All he did was use not sell. Heck his career went down the drain, but Brians name comes up and everyone assumes hes innocent! I honestly hope that hes brought down. There is no reason he should be let off the hook. You do the crime do the time!! Thank You Westmoreland County Sherrif For Cleaning This County Up & Getting Rid Of These Fat Cat Drug Dealers!! You Will Forever Have My Vote Co!!!
Amen... If any of these doubters had kids buying these 'imitation' drugs, I'm guessing their opinions would be completely opposite.
greed

Arlington, VA

#14 Jun 4, 2012
It all boils down to greed and it finally caught up too him. Don't feel sorry for him--long long time coming
oops

Springfield, VA

#15 Jul 28, 2014
Wmd Sheriff’s Deputy hit with $20 million lawsuit

Well-known Westmoreland County restaurant owner Bryan Oliff, a life-long resident of Montross and a popular former high school football player, and two of his employees have filed “malicious prosecution” lawsuits against Westmoreland County Deputy Sheriff Anthony Darby seeking a total of $20 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
Darby did not reply to repeated messages left asking for his response to the lawsuits. Westmoreland County Sheriff C.O. Balderson said,“Right now, since at this point it is in litigation, I would reserve comment. I wish I could comment, but at this point it would not be appropriate.”

The lawsuits are the result of actions taken by Darby, a detective with the sheriff’s office, and other officers that caused the filing of five felony complaints against Oliff on May 9, 2012. Oliff was publicly arrested at his catering business 13 days later, the beginning of what he refers to as his “nightmare.”

Also arrested that day were Josh Sanford and Lois Wright, employees of Oliff. Oliff was charged with five complaints of selling, giving or distributing a controlled substance which imitated a controlled substance, a Class 6 felony under Virginia law. Sanford was arrested on one count of the same charge and Wright was arrested on two counts.

Oliff and his employees immediately and vehemently denied all charges filed against them. Darby and the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office said the charges were the result of an undercover investigation resulting from information supplied by James Calvin Newsome, a confidential informant who was facing felony charges for grand larceny at the time and who was seeking a plea bargain.

Four months after the arrests, Matthew Ackley, a special prosecutor from Henrico County who was handling the cases for the Commonwealth of Virginia, decided not to proceed against Oliff and his two employees and terminated the prosecutions because of a lack of evidence to support the charges.

The lawsuits claim that Darby and other sheriff’s officers knew or should have known that Newsome was “unreliable and untrustworthy,” that Darby and others sought “to injure Oliff personally,” and that Darby brought the charges without probable cause and the prosecution was “malicious, done with bad faith, done with a reckless, willful and wanton disregard” of the rights of Oliff and his two employees “with actual malice and intent to injure.”

A prominent Westmoreland County resident, who has known Oliff for most of his life and who asked not to be identified, said this week,“I am all for a very strong criminal justice system, in many ways I believe it is not tough enough. But, I just can’t believe how reckless this investigation was.”

The lawsuits have been filed in Westmoreland County Circuit Court. Darby has 21 days to file a response to the suits. Although other officers in the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office, including Sheriff Balderson, are not defendants in the suits, that could change, sources said. The suits ask “leave to amend these pleadings and /or add parties as further evidence and circumstances may dictate.”

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