Owner of York County pipe/tobacco lounge arrested on drug, weapons charges

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 12:18 PM

11/22 UPDATE: Sheriff Danny Diggs said, “I am very pleased that this lengthy investigation has come to a successful conclusion. Our investigators have spent countless hours on this case. We were sometimes frustrated by the length of the investigation, but we knew that we had to build a solid case. Our patience in this investigation has produced a comprehensive outcome that will benefit many jurisdictions. It was difficult not to tell citizens who had complained about the activities at Bonsai Pipe and Tobacco that we had an on-going investigation.”

Lopiccolo, Woodin, Woods and Stout were due in Norfolk Federal Court Friday morning.

UPDATE 4:00 p.m.:  Agents executed search warrants at the Bonsai Pipe and Tobacco stores in York County and Hampton and at four residences in Newport News and Hampton this morning.

Salvatore Lopiccolo, 35, of Newport News; Matthew Kidd-Hux, 21, of New Carrollton, MD; John Woodin, 28, of Hampton; Marcus Woods, 28, of Hampton; and Meghan Stout, 21, of Gloucester were arrested Thursday on federal charges of conspiracy and sale and distribution of illegal narcotics, as well as firearm-related charges.

The arrests are the culmination of a two-year investigation into illegal drug sales at Bonsai Pipe and Tobacco, according to a press release form the U.S. States Attorney's Office.

According to the U.S. States Attorney, Lopiccolo faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment if convicted. Kidd-Hux faces up to 60 years’ imprisonment, Woodin faces up to 100 years’ imprisonment, Woods and Stout each face up to 40 years’ imprisonment. 

Lopiccolo, Woodin, Woods and Stout will have initial court appearances in court on Friday.

In 2001, Lopiccolo pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine and possession of a firearm. 

Sheriff Danny Diggs said, “I am very pleased that this lengthy investigation has come to a successful conclusion. Our investigators have spent countless hours on this case. We were sometimes frustrated by the length of the investigation, but we knew that we had to build a solid case. Our patience in this investigation has produced a comprehensive outcome that will benefit many jurisdictions. It was difficult not to tell citizens who had complained about the activities at Bonsai Pipe and Tobacco that we had an on-going investigation.”

YORK COUNTY-York Co. authorities have been outside a store in Yorktown for hours.  

A 13News Now viewer said she's seen police outside Bonzai Pipe and Tobacco and Hookah Lounge in Grafton Shopping Center all morning.

Lt. Dennis Ivey with the York County Sheriff's Office told WVEC.com it's part of an ongoing investigation and he cannot release any information.

Va. State Police are also part of the investigation.

A call to the business went to the answering machine.

Stay with 13News Now and WVEC.com for the latest developments.

 

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