Richard Cannon

A Culpeper man faces drug charges following an incident Monday. 

On July 9, 2018 at approximately 4:06 pm, the Culpeper Police Department responded to a trespassing complaint at Belle Court Apartments. Upon arrival, units began investigating the complaint and located a subject who had previously been barred from the property at Belle Court Apartments.

As a result of this investigation, Richard Lawrence Cannon, 35, Culpeper was taken into custody for trespassing. Officers then furthered their investigation while on scene and subsequently seized a large quantity of narcotics from Cannon. Officers seized over 20 individual bags of suspected heroin, a large quantity of cocaine, and marijuana.

Officers continued to follow up on this investigation, which led them to a local hotel where Cannon was staying. Additional narcotics and a large amount of U.S. currency were located during a search of the hotel room.

As a result of this drug investigation, the Culpeper Police Department placed the following charges against Cannon: misdemeanor trespassing, felony distribution of controlled substance (2 counts), and misdemeanor distribution of marijuana. Cannon is being held without bond at the Culpeper County Jail.

“Our office is committed to the continuing fight against one of our nation’s worst drug epidemics in history with heroin," Culpeper Town Police Chief Chris Jenkins said. "We ask citizens to continue to call in suspicious activity to our office because this is a perfect example of something that started as a trespassing complaint leading to something more serious.”

This is an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Officer John Slaughter at 540-727-3430. Callers can also remain anonymous by calling Culpeper Crime Solvers at 540-727-0300. Tips can also be submitted at

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