HARRISONBURG — An Elkton man who led police on a roughly 45-minute chase in July was indicted last week on drug charges in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.
Cecil Ire Shifflett, 44, was indicted on Feb. 6 on four felony counts of distribution of methamphetamine, felony conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and a felony firearm charge.
In addition to Shifflett, three other people also were indicted in the conspiracy.
Ismael Alonso Mariano is charged with felony conspiracy to distribute meth, felony distribution of meth and felony intimidation of a witness. Laureano Alonoso Mariano is charged with felony conspiracy to distribute meth and felony distribution of meth. And Gustavo Guttierez Ramirez is charged with felony conspiracy to distribute meth.
It’s not clear if Ismael and Laureano are related. Their ages and addresses, along with those of Ramirez, are unknown, according to police.
Sources say the three co-defendants were Shifflett’s drug suppliers. How much meth they are accused of moving isn’t entirely clear, but the indictment says the conspiracy took place between December 2012 and July of last year.
Shifflett was arrested by Rockingham County deputies on July 25 after a chase that left three pursuing patrol cars damaged.
Deputies say the chase began around 5 p.m. when two deputies went to a home on Island Ford Road in McGaheysville to serve Shifflett with an arrest warrant on a drug charge filed by the RUSH Drug Task Force.
Shifflett resisted arrest and fled the home in a truck, deputies say.
He led police through McGaheysville on U.S. 33 toward Elkton and through numerous side streets in the town before the chase ended on Naked Creek Road near the Page County line.
Most of the state charges filed against Shifflett were dismissed as a result of the federal indictment.
It’s not clear when the other three suspects were arrested.
All four defendants are being held without bond at Rockingham County Jail.
Judge Michael Urbanski has scheduled their trial for April 21.
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